Hold on ...let's think LO11632

Thu, 2 Jan 1997 16:17:59 -0500

Replying to LO11606 --

In a message dated 96-12-30 22:49:17 EST, GSCHERL@fed.ism.ca (GSCHERL)

" Let's not fool ourselves by saying that technology is getting cheaper,
that we're putting PC's in public places like libraries, and so the
widening gap between 'them that have' and 'them that don't' is not as
bad as we think. It's getting worse."

I don't mean to pick on Gary today, but I think a historical perspective
might be healthy here. I think the real issue is access to information,
which has always been much less (worse? poorer?) for lower SES
folks--whether we're talking about books, television, or computers. The
fact is that information technology does get cheaper over time and become
more available to low income people. The alternative--that we should make
significant proactive efforts to make technology available to poor
people--would (IMHO) be a major disservice when that effort and those
resources could go into education and job training.

Dick Jacobs



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