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The digital divide hoax

A reader writes that if a low-income family cannot save money for a computer then they probably have much bigger problems than not having one.


The digital divide hoax

In response to the March 13 Perspectives column by Sonia Arrison, "What digital divide?":

Finally someone speaks out about the digital divide hoax. As you stated, one of the fastest-growing segments for online usage is lower-income folks. Funny how we never hear that!

Even if they were the slowest segment, is there anything stopping them from going to the library? The point is most communities already pay tax dollars to get the Net to the masses. Another thing that's funny is the absurdity of giving people online access. You could make the argument that giving a person a car has more of an impact on their lives, yet no one is demanding cars be given to low-income people! Why not? Because it's stupid and would never fly. But somehow computers are different?

In the United States, poverty too often means having a car, having cable and playing the lotto every Friday. I just sold a P166 with a monitor to a guy for $120 bucks. If a low-income family cannot save that much money for a computer then they probably have much bigger problems than not having one.

Raoul Said
Bothell, Wash.



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