There are alot of people that will tell you that the digital divide is over. That everyone has access to broadband and wireless and the playing field is equal. I can tell you and show you data from multiple sources to prove that is not the case. Minorities have adopted and have access to the internet at much lower levels than our mainstream counterparts. As internet and wireless technology become bigger parts of mainstream society it becomes more difficult for people to recognize the divide and the gap widens for those are who not connected , which is made up heavily of African Americans and Hispanics.
With all that in mind it’s frustrating to me to see people use the word digital divide to attract attention to agendas that will do nothing to improve the actual divide. I recently read this article that talks about a conference put on by FreePress and it stated that the panel focused on the digital divide. Well my first pause was that the picture of the panelists did not seem to represent the people the divide is affecting. But i decided to let that go and continue to read. The article quickly showed me that all they talked about is how people need to become more educated on media policy and specifically AT&T ‘s policies ( which is all freepress seems to ever talk about). This is another example a group using a word that has emotion impact to us that care about this issue, to push their own agenda. So can someone let freepress know that if you not going to do anything to help really solve the issue, at least do not use the phrase out of context for your benefit. We have enough challenges to solving the problem already! Also if you any of think I’m exaggerating then read for yourself here.