Originally published: June 23, 2011
Last updated: June 23, 2011 - 6:03pm
[Commentary] The 'digital divide' seems wider than ever.
No, not the differences in Internet access caused by income inequality. Great strides have been made bridging that gap ever since the issue was dramatized by a photo-op of President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore wiring a California high school to make sure its lower-income students had equal Web access. No, today's yawning digital divide is between left and right, liberals and conservatives, Democrats and Republicans. That ideological gap -- a gulf, really -- separates the Netroots Nation and RightOnline confabs taking place in Minneapolis this weekend, almost within earshot of each other. This divide's impact is profound -- for digital media, sure, but just as much for politics, and thus for citizens, at a time when the state and the nation face enormous problems that polarization aggravates. Even media scholars and experts wonder whether digital media mirrors, or causes, these divisions.
- Can computers be racist? Big data, inequality, and discrimination
- UN agency’s annual broadband report reveals gender inequalities
- ETNO seeks EC incentives to boost private network investment
- Technology Widens Gap Between Rich and Poor
- Are technology and globalization destined to drive up inequality?
- Major 'digital divide' seen in personal health record use
- NHMC Supports FCC Lifeline Modernization, A Big Step In The Right Direction To Close Digital Divide
- Blumenthal asks vendors to help prevent 'digital divide'
- Jesse Jackson pushes AT&T/BellSouth merger
- As Competition Flags, the Rip of Inequality Widens
- Technology Can Be a Tool for Student Success, and a Distraction at Home
- The urgent need for Silicon Valley to lead a smart and civil conversation on inequality
- Spatial inequality and the Internet divide in Indonesia 2010–2012
- A Lifeline for Low-Income Americans
- End global inequality: become a Luddite