digital media and society discussion


Please respond in complete sentences for each question, unless directed to do otherwise, demonstrating in your reply that you have read the material in order to receive full credit.

Topic 1: The Digital Divide

This week you read The Digital Divide is Still Leaving Americans Behind by Jessica Goodman.




The digital divide, a term coined many years ago, still exists today.  It is surprising to some that the divide still exists in the United States.

Question #1: 
Do you believe that having Internet access, as the author suggests, is not a convenience or luxury, but a human right? List one benefit that closing the digital divide might provide (e.g. economic growth).

Topic 2: Open World

This week you watched Four Principles for the Open World by Don Tapscott.




Tapscott believes that social media is becoming social production and that the Internet is a global supercomputer--every time people upload content to this supercomputer, it becomes more powerful as the new content becomes part of a global collective...a new means of production in the making. Tapscott believes that tapping into this supercomputer will allow us to innovate in ways that were not previously possible.

Question #1: 
Locate one example that supports Tapscott's Four Principles (Collaboration, Transparency, Sharing, and Empowerment) and share this example with your classmates (justify and support your answer).

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