Reflecting on Digital Differences

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My blog post this week was specifically focused on technical infrastructure in the UK as an accessibility divide and more generally on common micro and macro differences. Ultimately what I have concluded about digital differences are that they are more complex and connected than what I first thought. Our individual usage of digital technology (micro) is heavily influenced from macro factors, which are traditional social divisons seen in the offline world (Race, Gender, Age, Disability). One thing I would have liked to make clearer in my post is what these differences mean for inequality. Where traditional social divisions exist, so does inequality. These traditional social divisions have transcended the offline world and are mirrored in the online world (Halford and Savage, 2010). This naturally means that there will be a ‘digital divide’.

Broadening my scope of understanding

Through reading other blog posts I have seen discussion on issues that I didn’t consider. Tom for example talked about cyber-bullying as a digital difference. Both blogs I commented on Stefan’s and Tom’s had lots of information on disability as a digital difference which blocks a lot of disabled adults from using digital technologies. Whilst writing my comments to these two blog posts, the engaging and interesting nature of each post allowed me to ask questions which helped me reflect and gain understanding of issues like methods of accessibiltiy and understanding digital access as a right.

Comment on Stefan’s blog.

Comment on Tom’s blog.

I am really grateful for everyone that commented on my blog and asked me questions about topics such as mobile infrastructure, net neutrality and digital access as a right. All of the questions prompted me to research more in to these topics and gave me a focused view on a very broad topic. This week has made me more aware of the importance of discussion in developing my understanding of the topic and I hope in the future to get better at asking questions and raising discussion in other blogs.

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References

Halford, S. and Savage, M. (2010). ‘Reconceptualizing Digital Inequality’ Information, Communication & Society, 13(7), pp.937-955

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