Digital diversity can mean a few things; it can be used as a all encompassing word to describe the vast number of ways people use digital technology, such as social networking, online gaming, the online marketplace, music movies, etc. Digital diversity can also represent the ways different groups use the internet differently. The digital divide is another important part of digital diversity to analyze how different people have different access to digital technology and the internet within the United States and the rest of the world.
Digital diversity is the unique collaboration of people’s ideas, culture, and access to the digital world; the digital world being mainly characterized by the internet. For those with access, the internet is a digital melting pot of its users ideas and culture. The internet is used for all kinds of purposes such as sharing ideas, but is also immensely useful as an educational tool, a means of communication, and a digital marketplace. Ideas and culture are shared through its infinite applications such as My Space, Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter. The Internet is also a great educational resource for those with access, due to the vast amounts of information on specialty topics through encyclopedias, specialty sites, and forums. As described in Digital Media Ethics it seems that “technologies- most certainly those designed for the sake of communication – embed and favor a specific set of communicative preferences( usually those of their designers). (DME 118) This is why the internet is sometimes considered dominated by western culture, because western countries have the most stake in it.
To go back to the beginning; digital diversity is the unique collaboration of people’s ideas, culture, and access to the digital world. But there is one other aspect of digital diversity and that is characterized by the digital divide. The digital divide is the gap between people with effective access to digital and information technology and those with very limited or no access at all. During President Clinton’s presidency, in 1997 he announced that it was the nations goal to wire every classroom and library in the country by the year 2000, followed by every home by the year 2007, is expected to do no less than virtually transform society. But our country isnt the only suffering with the digital divide it is the whole world. Then there is one other thing about digital technology, the e-waste, its out of site out of mind for those of us living in the west but its a harsh reality for those living in the countries we ship it to. So what can we do with this old waste, well like mentioned in the book Technicolor ” By “re-functioning” old/obsolete technologies or inventing new uses for common ones, communities in many places have fashioned technologies to fit their needs and priorities (TECH 8).” It’s just a thought, enjoy the video!