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21. "a few thoughts..."
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* 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.

* i gave my mother-in-law, who is decidedly non-technical, my old os/2 machine and let her "share" my dialup account. even w/ low bandwidth (around a 36k connection) and a dust-old version of Netscape (it gets V3 compliant java and javascript, but flash and shockwave, etc are out of the question), she is able to keep in touch w/ family via e-mail, research different things via e-mail, and generally play in the whole e-happ'nins. she told my wife and i about classmates.com, where you can get in touch w/ folks you went to high school. she learned it from my wife's grandmother who's pushing 70, and talkin bout SHE want a computer because friends at her 50-some year class reunion was talking about that's how THEY keep in touch.

* 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)

and

C: there are future benefits (educational resources for the little ones, ability to start a small business, or prepare for a career change)

i think that we'd be all over it.



peace & blessings,

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peace & blessings,

x.

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Myth of the Digital Divide? [View all] , k_orr, Wed Jan-24-01 06:51 AM
 
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a side issue
Jan 24th 2001
1
telephone lines?
Jan 24th 2001
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      yeah but
Jan 24th 2001
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           RE: yeah but
Jan 24th 2001
5
           let's not get away
Jan 24th 2001
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           RE: let's not get away
Jan 26th 2001
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                agree w/ everything except:
Jan 26th 2001
34
                     it's not bad
Jan 26th 2001
35
           it's like having a typewriter
Jan 24th 2001
7
                RE: it's like having a typewriter
Ruslanchik
Jan 24th 2001
8
           a note:
Jan 24th 2001
11
                Lets compare apples to apples
Jan 25th 2001
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                     um....
Jan 25th 2001
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                          RE: um....
Jan 25th 2001
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                               I would bet $$$...
Jan 25th 2001
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RE: Myth of the Digital Divide?
Jan 24th 2001
2
RE: Myth of the Digital Divide?
Sierra
Jan 24th 2001
9
RE: Myth of the Digital Divide?
Sporatic
Jan 24th 2001
10
      What needs are unmet in the typical black home?
Jan 25th 2001
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           What for?
Jan 25th 2001
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                RE: What for?
Jan 26th 2001
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                RE: What for?
Jan 26th 2001
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                     Do we have more access?
Jan 26th 2001
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                          RE: Do we have more access?
Jan 26th 2001
40
The Digital Experiment
Jan 24th 2001
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RE: The Digital Experiment
Jan 25th 2001
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RE: The Digital Experiment
Jan 25th 2001
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Hmmmmmm
Jan 25th 2001
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RE: Hmmmmmm
Jan 25th 2001
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      honestly...
Jan 25th 2001
20
Some Facts
Jan 25th 2001
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RE: Some Facts
Jan 25th 2001
25
K.orr... a better question may be
Jan 25th 2001
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will internet access be just another way
Jan 25th 2001
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RE: will internet access be just another way
Jan 26th 2001
29
      Then how will it differ from tv?
Jan 26th 2001
37
           Dj screw
Jan 26th 2001
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RE: K.orr... a better question may be
Jan 26th 2001
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      RE: K.orr... a better question may be
Jan 26th 2001
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           RE: K.orr... a better question may be
Jan 26th 2001
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It's just a tool!
Jan 26th 2001
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This is what I'm saying.
Jan 27th 2001
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      RE: This is what I'm saying.
Jan 27th 2001
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education
Jan 29th 2001
45
Revisiting this question in 2005...I think there is a divide.
Mar 09th 2005
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Technology is just a tool
Mar 10th 2005
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      lol 4yrs later, how's the center doing?
Mar 11th 2005
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           I was curious too.
Mar 12th 2005
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           It's still there, still open
Mar 12th 2005
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Anti-intellectualism?
Mar 10th 2005
47
this post is 4 years old
Mar 10th 2005
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      Hooooly shit.
Mar 10th 2005
51
      Yeah...I though about that
Mar 10th 2005
52
What's particularly intellectual about being online?
Mar 10th 2005
49
WHOAH...there are 2 Nahymsa's at this site
Mar 10th 2005
50

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