From Julius Genachowski to danah boyd, many of the familiar voices in the "digital divide" debate were interviewed for Matt Richtel's recent New York Times article New 'Digital Divide' Seen in Wasting Time Online. (As an aside, I wonder who got the capitalization of boyd's name wrong: Richtel or a copyeditor of some sort.)
Richtel's reporting suggests that the new digital divide is in digital literacy. His conclusion is that the lack of guidance for young people on how to use new technologies productively results in them "wasting time online" with social networks and video games.
But is more guidance really the answer? Sure, young people would benefit from additional training in the mechanics of digital literacy, but by answering that question so directly we miss the really important thing here... Read more after the jump.
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