Don’t we live in such interesting times? Never before in history has anyone had the world at their fingertips. My iphone can record my voice in a video that can go into all of the world. My blog posts have the opportunity to reach the whole world.
Well, that’s what I used to think until I learned that only about 2 billion people have access to the Internet. I also recently learned that the world population is closing in on 7 billion people. That leaves about 5 billion people who do not have access to the interwebs. That’s technically not the whole world. It’s not even 30% of the world.
That is the digital divide. I can possibly reach billions. Honestly, I can’t even fathom that number. It’s alot of people, but it’s not the whole world. There are so many that won’t get a chance to watch my youtube video of the lectures that I’ve made for my class. There are so many that can’t read this blog post – or the many other blog posts that I’ve written.
Although there are many more people that are out there that can’t get to my blog post or your blog post – it doesn’t matter. I don’t have to reach billions. I don’t have to reach millions. I don’t even have to reach thousands. I just have to reach you.
So what is my point in all of this? I don’t know. I was blown away by the fact that there are almost 7 billion people in the world. I’m blown away that I have the opportunity to create something that 2 billion people have the opportunity to see. I think we live in a tremendous time in history where I can publish to the world, but I think I’m most blown away that you would read this. Thank you.
5 thoughts on “The Digital Divide”
what a thoughtful post!
Random thoughts huh? It’s still cool to be able to interact with people from all over the connected world.
hehe not entirely. I mean in a world where people live as machines they barely have time to ponder on thoughts like these and when I do find posts as such it makes me happy. 🙂
That’s very nice of you. Thank you.
These are just musings. These are just things that I think about from my reading or my research. I appreciate you reading.
I love you line – people live as machines – what an incredible commentary on education and even on our world.