The Myth of Internet Access

Do me a favor, go over the Census website and try and use American Fact Finder on your mobile device. Go ahead, I will wait. If you did try, you discovered that it was next to impossible to use American Fact finder on anything but a stand alone desktop or laptop.

We are bombarded with the idea that mobile Internet will bring information to the people. In reality it brings the following; some news, and a whole lot of media. The ability to do anything approaching meaningful research or meaningful creation is still quite difficult on a majority of mobile devices. This is especially true for the devices that economically disadvantaged people have access to.

So here is the issue: mobile devices are viewed as a solution to the issue of getting Internet access to the masses. Indeed, living as a citizen in 2016 without Internet access is quite difficult (that is if you want to take part in society). Mobile devices provide inadequate access to the Internet and we need to stop perpetuating the idea otherwise. I have no idea what the solution is or could be, but I also know that if society does not address this inequality we will have a growing, and stark, difference between the Internet haves and have-nots.

 

About Nicholas Wyant

Information does not want to be free. Fake News does not exist. Friends on Facebook are not really friends. I can ruin any party/social setting in mere seconds.
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