By Karen Archer Perry
[i] Informing Communities: Sustaining Democracy in the Digital Age, the Report of the Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in Democracy,” 2009, The Aspen Institute, page 45, www.knightcomm.org.
Well, the gather and report is there, it would be nice to see more comprehension and evaluation.
It is not necessary for all to attend college. It is no measure of intelligence, intellect or creative thought and endeavour or achievement in having to go to college; this was evidence by Bill Gates, and Andrew Carnegie, and so many others. Reading and being able to disseminate, evaluate, gather and comprehend information is critical to us all. This segregation of college vs. non college is creating a vaste divide and bitterness among our citizens. It is no measure of what you can achieve, or measure of not being able to run a corporation or get a promotion! It is preventing many from achieving the 'American Dream', because it annihilates the middle class further. Information had digitally is lacking because it fails to replace books completely. Access to knowlege via the internet is in drone fashion. Which explains why someone researching via the web (without access to 'pay' sites) will find the same information as anyone else; there is no new or varied information access. In order to collect varied information, one has to pay. Most of us cannot afford to pay for that type of informational access. Libraries have historically been the source of this information. But the digitalization of the media is destroying libraries in many neighbourhoods! And so with that goes the intellectual creative mind. Our educational process does not teach the young to research, or produce new thought. When one has a new thought, one is ostracized or bullied or made to think that unless one thinks like others, one is strange or a misfit of sorts. Our educational process does not teach and discourages critical, analytical, and discerning thinking. It is encouraged in money/business matters that enable a small group to steal from us all (Enron, AIG, etc.). It is encouraged when saying that Americans are ill equipped in science matters. Information and media are two seperate and unequal things. The media is driven by money. And therefor, it is onesided and tainted. Even the government's access to media is tainted and onesided, based upon party lines and affiliations, and corporate/banking sponsors and lobbyists. The mere fact that we, as Americans, were forced to go digital rather than remain anologue in our media is a statement in itself; because digitalization can create any vision, real or imaginary, on a screen. Thereby being able to control people at a whim. Digital media can not only be for children to learn, as many of us continue to be ignorant about digital media. There is a large part of our Americans and non Americans here with us that have not even ventured onto a computer, even to play solitaire. And so it becomes necessary to educate every necessary person on this platform. Or do we wait until 'those fossils' die out, and just be concerned with those of us that are familiar and part of, as well as the children? The digital medium is not democratic at all. It leaves many out, perhaps, too many out. It conjures fear to those that are not familiar; and keeps many ignorant to our disservice. And so I guess I disagree and agree at the same time.
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