Final Project

Posted on May 5, 2011

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For our final project we were asked to create a video that would define and represent what we think digital diversity is. I chose to do a mash up of different video clips from the internet that pertained to different topics we covered through out the year that which I thought were strong characteristics of digital diversity.

Digital diversity to me is an ever evolving issue that society will have to deal with as long as the internet exists. It involves understanding how anything on the internet may be interpreted differently by any race, age, gender, or social class just to name a few. With information now becoming “greased” and so easily transferred from one source to another people can now what is going on all over the world with just the click of a button. I had never thought about this before until we talked about it in class but I realized how true it was. The greasing of information has also been greatly been increased by the exponential growth of social networking sites where you can go for news, pictures, music, videos, and most of all information on your friends and people you know. Social media is just the beginning of the digital age and how we live our lives in the future, it has already greatly affected everything about society and will continue to as long as people continue to want to be “wired in” all the time.

The consequences of an expanding technology boom are the negative effects that come from it such as E – Waste and the digital divide. These are both major issues in developing countries where technology isn’t part of their lives 24/7/365. Developed countries are dumping millions of pounds of digital trash into these countries because it is cheap and easy. However this trash is destroying the regions. To get rid of this waste it often releases harmful toxins which are deadly and have decreased the health of the population which often times was already struggling with disease. Then there is the digital divide which is a problem of not only accessibility to technology but also the knowledge of how to use the technology so that the user can benefit from it. For many Spanish speaking Americans where english is their second language the internet can be difficult to navigate. A majority of all sites are in english and don’t support any other languages. This creates a large barrier for users who don’t know how to use the technology that well and now can’t learn how to because they can’t speak the language either. These are major issues that will need to be taken care of in the near future otherwise we will face major problems and challenges in the future.

Their are positive things that have come from all this new technology, besides the obvious of course. Companies like One Laptop Per Child have made it their mission to spread technology to those less fortunate by giving away laptops to children in developing countries. This is helping to close the digital divide which is constantly growing with each new piece of technology created. OLPC is just the beginning if we want to close this divide, more people and companies will have to join the movement to expand technology to everyone all over the world.

In the years to come the expansion of technology into new parts of the world will continue to help connect people all over, spread information more rapidly, and create a more efficient planet. However, this is only possible if everyone works together to close the divide and accept digital diversity as technology expands for everyone to have access. Technology is the future of the human race and we will see how it molds our the way we live our lives in the future to come.

Work Cited

Ess, Charles. Digital Media Ethics. Cambridge, UK: Polity, 2009. Print.

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