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The Digital Divide Dark Social Implications for Society
What is the Digital Divide <ul><li>The gap between individuals who use/access technology, and those who do not or cannot a...
 
Who is actually using the Internet? (According to Political Science/Public Opinion Literature) <ul><ul><li>Mostly younger ...
Why is the Digital Divide such a problem?
Digital Divide is also a potential problem for social science <ul><li>Public Opinion polling methodology may become more d...
Rural vs. Urban Internet Access
The Echo-chamber problem (an example) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qtzz0gfe2c ORIGINAL STORY: President Obama is holdin...
The Echo-chamber problem According to Best and Kruger (2005) the internet has an inherent bias because of who is using it:...
So what should we take away from all of this? <ul><li>- Inequality of users may be under-represented in many aspects </li>...
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  1. 1. The Digital Divide Dark Social Implications for Society
  2. 2. What is the Digital Divide <ul><li>The gap between individuals who use/access technology, and those who do not or cannot access technology. </li></ul>Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK) Putnam (2000) called this phenomena a &quot;cyberapartheid.&quot; (175)
  3. 4. Who is actually using the Internet? (According to Political Science/Public Opinion Literature) <ul><ul><li>Mostly younger individuals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Higher educated/income </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Political Activists  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Government agencies </li></ul></ul>
  4. 5. Why is the Digital Divide such a problem?
  5. 6. Digital Divide is also a potential problem for social science <ul><li>Public Opinion polling methodology may become more difficult to scientifically conduct. </li></ul>
  6. 7. Rural vs. Urban Internet Access
  7. 8. The Echo-chamber problem (an example) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qtzz0gfe2c ORIGINAL STORY: President Obama is holding a bipartisan Health Care Summit at the White House. (Feb. 24, 2010)
  8. 9. The Echo-chamber problem According to Best and Kruger (2005) the internet has an inherent bias because of who is using it: Socially liberal Economically conservative Very few are interested in &quot;hearing the other side&quot; (Mutz 2006).  Maybe Bloggers are doing this (Lawrence, Sides, and Farrell 2010)?
  9. 10. So what should we take away from all of this? <ul><li>- Inequality of users may be under-represented in many aspects </li></ul><ul><li>- Internet accessibility is not necessarily universal </li></ul><ul><li>- Lack of Internet access is a possible hindrance to public services </li></ul><ul><li>- Political opinion is not reflective of the general public </li></ul><ul><li>- The future of the digital divide </li></ul>

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