Friday, June 8, 2007

Closing the Digital Divide

I read something encouraging the other day...It was a story that said the digital divide between African Americans and whites is closing. With the growth of broadband and DSL connections, black folks are spending more time on the Web and in front of their computers.

That is a good thing. Clearly, we are moving toward a more digital, Internet-based economy. The cool thing about the Internet is that it is a means of leveling the playing field and enabling ordinary people to market their goods and services and get their word out to the masses. These things cost very little or no money at all.

The fear had been that while this growth on the Internet was taking place, black people would be left behind and not take advantage of the tremendous opportunities to start business, gather information, etc. I don't have the stats in front of me, but the story pointed out that the growth in the number of black people spending time online outpaced all other ethnic groups. We still lag behind in overall time spent surfing the Web, but the growth rate is there.

That is a good thing.

Your thoughts?

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