* don't know if there really is a pronounced divide. i recall seeing statistics which support that we are on the 'net more and some that assert that we're on less. there've also been high profile black techies/gubm't types who've disputed the divide. that could be a "shame" reaction, or it could be real. i haven't deemed the issue enough of a priority up until this point to do the math myself.
* are the cheap pc deals credit-based? that would limit their proliferation throughout the black community. i think, though, it s more an issue of priority and education about the opportunities. for the $400 ISP rebate deals, coupled w/ a cheap computer, its probably do-able for the price of some Jordan's and an outfit.
* my bro-in-law, who disappears from the face of the earth for about 2 yrs at a time, popped up in his recent incarnation, w/ a computer, and regularly searches for mp3's (burnt me some nice cd's), and more impressively, has found his last couple of jobs by posting his resume on the net.
* it comes down to "what's in it for us". if we get the word out that
A: there are ways of making the purchase affordable (ie, $100-200 range, minus discounts and promotions)
B: there are tangible benefits to it, like keeping up w/ far flung family (reducing crazy long distance $$$'s), finding jobs, entertainment (be it oprah.com, okp, or whatever), getting music, researching medical conditions (very big draw among seniors particularly)
C: there are future benefits (educational resources for the little ones, ability to start a small business, or prepare for a career change)
========================================= I'm an advocate for working smarter, not harder. If you just focus on working hard you end up making someone else rich and not having much to show for it. (c) mad