Digital Divide?

As the price of bare bones laptops decrease and extensive free wifi across the country increase, the theory of the “digital divide” could be weakening. Phred Dvorak of the Wall Street Journal wrote a very interesting piece about the uses of the internet by homeless. They have online communities, use facebook, twitter, myspace, search for jobs on monster.com, and keep in touch with email and read news articles. Some computers are available at shelters but there are some homeless that tot their own laptops. One man lost his apartment this year and when he realized he was going to be homeless, he packed up his laptop to take with him. It would be great to see more shelters get the funding for computers and the internet so more people can use the endless online resources to get back on their feet.

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