According to Ian Golden, the commentator at TED.com, income has increased and illiteracy has decreased. However, that menu can be multifaceted, because either the rich are making more money or the poor are getting up to actually learn how to come out of their poverty. It is the case that being illiterate is a paralysis as like being blind without help to get up.
I notice that Mr. Golden also stated during his presentation that with some areas of global concern people can feel left out, or either do not participate. There is good information provided there because one should note that illiteracy does allow some to be left out. Conversely, being on that same end of the spectrum would allow that people not participate, because a common cause of mal-information is illiteracy. In the article, “Digital Technology and Teaching American Culture,” Robert Batchelor writes, “Calculations of the total worldwide Internet growth has increased om an estimate of 445 percent over the last 10 years.” (Batchelor, 2011, p. 49).
I add, the increase, though commendable, do not include everyone. It is the case; the audience for the internet is not all inclusive. For example, some people over 60, black, in poverty, and illiterate would not be on the internet because their mode of information is most likely television, and print news; such as newspapers. I am being generous when I give the age 60 because some even some people my age and up do not want to be bothered, or just feel too old to learn anything new so these people are mal-informed, have been mis-educated as many of the black race, and self defeated in some instances. I believe that many people left out of the age of technology have, perhaps, fallen for the so called American Dream where instead of gathering information to make them more profitable or prosperous they feel if they can just hit the lotto, or if they work hard enough then their dream might come true. This thinking is wrought in part by leaders promising better things to come lessor taxes and more economic freedom.
Concerning this thinking Batchelor adds, “In an increasingly chaotic world global citizens are losing faith in their leadersto provide security, serenity, and opportunity”. (Batchelor, 2011.p.52).
One cannot participate or know what the leaders are up to if they have not the means to participate or the knowledge to climb aboard.
Source: Batchelor, B. (2011, March). Digital technology and teaching American culture.
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