LM 111 Week 10

This was the week of my presentation and it was about digital divide. What digital divide is the difference between people who use the internet and technology to use the internet to people who don’t. Digital divide is a distinction between those who can participate in the ‘digital’ economy, as consumers & producers via online, digital systems and those who can’t… (Couldry, 2003:4). This is what we spoke about in our presentation, we discussed who does and doesn’t and people who can’t such as people in countries where the government control what the public sees like North Korea.

The people who can’t have access to the internet are countries such as North Korea, China and Saudi Arabia. This is because the supreme leaders want to control the flow of digital information from the people.  From what evidence there is, we know that China, North Korea and Saudi Arabia have laws and policies about their internet usage and content. Such laws and policies that could be considered extensive when compared with other countries.

The people who do have access to the internet are places like the UN who thin having access to the internet should part of out human rights. it would seem that internet access and freedom on the internet is something now considered into our human rights. As it is such a big part of most of society, it is now viewed as something all people should be able to access and use accordingly. As well as this, the U.N have put these protocols in place to protect people from their states and governments, as it is something they believe can be controlled unrightfully by their leaders.

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    1. Have I used 250 words? Y
    2. Have I used the required writing style, including first person reflection? OK/Y
    3. Have I illustrated my understanding of key readings through my critical discussion of theories or concepts relevant to this week’s topic? OK
    4. Have I explained these concepts in my own words? OK but weak
    5. Have I included short quotes from the readings? N
    6. Have I chosen examples from my own experience to illustrate? Y but examples did not illustrate the topic
    7. Have I used Harvard in text referencing? (http://libweb.anglia.ac.uk/referencing/harvard.htm) for all academic readings and online sources used in my blog post? Y
    8. Have I mentioned discussions that took place during this week’s seminar? N
    9. Have I met the submission deadline? Y

    OVERALL – Very good start for the purposes of this blog exercise (you used first person!). Some relevant examples were used in the second paragraph too but be careful to always stay focused on the topic and explain the relevance of the examples to your theme: how does the definition of the DD describe the situation of the people in China? The DD is not about censorship but about having or non having access to the internet in terms of connectivity, speed, equipment and having the skills and literacies to benefit from access. The last paragraph was not very accurate as you do not explain what the UN is: China, N. Korea and the Saudi Arabia are all members of the UN… Mark (C)

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