Friday, May 1, 2009


Legacy tells the story of a poor family who struggles with all types of adversity, one of these is being on the wrong side of the digital divide. An interesting point in an earlier post was brought up about government funding and taxes. The richest communities pay the highest amount of taxes (property and income) and therefore have the best access to technology resources. Im sure they have internet and computer training available to them at local libraries, they just dont really need it as much as a poorer community. It is clear that there needs to be changes in the way the government allocates resources to different communities, but that is an issue that goes far beyond the digital divide. The family in Legacy faced problems that were much larger than internet access. Bishop says that access to the internet provides a source to spread community information which could involve support groups. Access to this type of information may or may not have helped the family overcome problems like drug addiction.

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