Is There Equality In Cyberspace

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Is There Equality in Cyberspace? In the essay "One Internet, Two Nations," Henry Lewis Gates, Jr. explains how the "digital divide" (500), the separation of society into two distinct categories is a current problem and could "in effect, disenfranchise a third of the nation" (500). In his essay he stresses the importance of information technology and the dire results that will occur from not having access to a computer. I think that Gates gives sufficient evidence in the form of studies and examples. He fairly judges the situation of African Americans and computers by giving points for why they might not be interested in computers and why they should be. Paula Span, the author of "Women and Computer", explains that the digital divide is among sexes. She gives the statistics to prove her point. Another author, Matthew Symonds, in the essay "Government And The Internet", explains the digital divide as between rich and poor, white and non-white, well educated and undereducated (515).

I believe that Internet is very important for everybody in today's world because it is easy to have access to business resources, education, and communication. I think that failure to have access to Internet can make a person miss an easy way to have such important resources and, therefore, get left behind in the society.

Gates is wary of the "digital divide" (500) as "one largely white and plugged in and the other black and unplugged" (500). He illustrates this point by talking about slavery and the way that it "destroyed social connections" (500) and compares it to the growing problem of "cyber segregation" (500) among blacks. He lets the readers know that whites are more likely to own computers as compared to blacks even though they both earn similar wages and he blames black people for this...