Second Thoughts on the Digital Divide
Danny Rose, Greg Jones, University of North Texas, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Charleston, SC, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-67-9 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
The Digital Divide has been a concept long bandied about by critical theorists and technology specialists for years as a means of addressing the perceived inequity between technological haves and technological have-nots. Unfortunately this problem itself is not nearly this simple. It is easy to separate society into two distinct groups, but technology use is best defined as a continuum - not a binary classification - and is affected by such varied things as social capital, cultural beliefs, age, location, and even desire. As Douglas Adams so skillfully illustrates in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy in regards to the question of life; if we don’t know the exact question, how can we expect to answer it?
Rose, D. & Jones, G. (2009). Second Thoughts on the Digital Divide. In I. Gibson, R. Weber, K. McFerrin, R. Carlsen & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2009--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 722-727). Charleston, SC, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).