MDST110 Electronic Coursebook for Students
Information Technology and Digital Media Studies
Prof. David Golumbia
University of Virginia
Fall 2004
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16. Digital Communities and the "Digital Divide"

Weds Nov 3, 2004

The nature and purpose of human social communities, and the ways in which such communities have been adapted for and created on and with computers. The nature, statistics and rhetoric of the "digital divide" as an issue, and ways we might push beyond some of the static assumptions behind the rhetoric.

I. Community

II. Digital Community

III. The "Digital Divide"

IV. Rethinking the Digital Divide


Study Questions

  1. What problems would it solve if everyone in the world had total, multilingual, always-available, cheap digital communications technology?
  2. What groups do and do not want to include certain people in them? Are computers and the Internet used to form communities among them?
  3. In what ways do you use digital communications technology to participate in communities? How are they the same as or different from communities that are not primarily digital?
  4. Can you think of ways in which computers could facilitate communication that have not yet been used widely?

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