Digital Gap Not Real for Virtually Privileged
Although truer than ever, to hear once more that “the rich get richer while the poor get poorer” slides too easily into boring cliché. But where are its obvious counterparts, also keyed to the same expanding monetary gap? Why does no one say, the digitally enhanced become more so while the digitally challenged slip further behind? Why are we not being constantly reminded that the expanding virtual world of Alice’s dreams is only for the virtually privileged, and those without the key to the digital doorway confront more unfriendly reality today than they did yesterday?
Why? Because the makers and the shapers of this brave new virtual world, their digital utopia, are only interested in preaching (as they sell) to the connected choir. The have-nots are of interest to them only if they can make a lottery leap to the church of the winning side. If not, then how cheaply will they work to provide tomorrow’s digital detritus or today’s mochachino frappé. Or so the true believers in the virtual world like to think.