Disconnected: Haves and Have-Nots in the Information Age Essay by Eviv

Disconnected: Haves and Have-Nots in the Information Age
An examination of "Disconnected: Have and Have-Nots in the Information Age" by William Wresch.
# 45361 | 1,614 words | 1 source | MLA | 2001 | US
Published on Oct 19, 2003 in Sociology (Welfare) , Computer and Technology (General)

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This paper is about growing gaps in information technology and how information and communications are increasingly necessary. Lack of knowledge leads to poorer outcomes and a lesser place in social networks. Goes on to discuss possible solutions.

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"In Disconnected: Have and Have-nots in the Information Age, Wresch argues that while we live in an "information age", information is still unavailable to many. He sees unequal distribution of information causing the gap between the rich and the poor to grow, since oftentimes knowledge (in the form of information) is the means to obtain power and wealth. He sees tyrannical control of information and rejectionists? refusal to access available information as also leading to further inequality and hate, and he points out that with increased information comes the threat of increased information-based crimes. Aside from these worries about information's access are his findings on information processing. Wresch points out that those who don't have adequate education can't make use of the information available to them; as well, psychologically, educated people can ignore information; finally, occasionally there is just so much information out there that sorting through it becomes a Herculean task and so wrong conclusions are reached as some information is ignored and some given more emphasis - this overabundance of information is referred to as "noise", which can metaphorically "hypnotize or deafen" (Wresch, 75). Information itself can also be skewed and one-sided, or too meagre. Wresch specifically points to television, movies, newspapers, radio, and even books as more unavailable and one-sided in less developed countries than in developed countries. Additionally, he sees networking and connections with people as having an effect on one's outcomes; the rich thus have an advantage over the poor, who have fewer connections. Finally, organizations and professionals could also benefit from increased communication and sharing of information."

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