The Digital Divide meets the Gender Divide


In all my classes, the men separate themselves from the women by their willingness to mess around with editing and filters and the “real” technology and tinkering that defines Web 2.0. This is true of my data on black girls twerking videos. They shoot-and-upload generally without considering they could write their own lyrics, music, edit out their flaws, if they were so inclined, add or enhance their images and their representations. Without this type of messing around, girls and esp. marginalized girls are left behind, shaking their tail feathers to the beats and rhymes that drive capital online and in the boardrooms.

Check out Pew Internet principal researcher Lee Rainee explaining 5 types of non-use in the mobile age that leads to our current divides of knowledge and use. Click the link below if it doesn’t populate into a video.