Digital Dead End: Fighting for Social Justice in the Information Age

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Digital Dead End: Fighting for Social Justice in the Information Age

Digital Dead End: Fighting for Social Justice in the Information Age By Virginia Eubanks Digital Dead End Fighting for Social Justice in the Information Age The realities of the high tech global economy for women and families in the United States The idea that technology will pave the road to prosperity has been promoted through both boom and bust Today w

  • Title: Digital Dead End: Fighting for Social Justice in the Information Age
  • Author: Virginia Eubanks
  • ISBN: 9780262014984
  • Page: 118
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Digital Dead End: Fighting for Social Justice in the Information Age By Virginia Eubanks The realities of the high tech global economy for women and families in the United States.The idea that technology will pave the road to prosperity has been promoted through both boom and bust Today we are told that universal broadband access, high tech jobs, and cutting edge science will pull us out of our current economic downturn and move us toward social and economicThe realities of the high tech global economy for women and families in the United States.The idea that technology will pave the road to prosperity has been promoted through both boom and bust Today we are told that universal broadband access, high tech jobs, and cutting edge science will pull us out of our current economic downturn and move us toward social and economic equality In Digital Dead End, Virginia Eubanks argues that to believe this is to engage in a kind of magical thinking a technological utopia will come about simply because we want it to This vision of the miraculous power of high tech development is driven by flawed assumptions about race, class, and gender The realities of the information age are complicated, particularly for poor and working class women and families For them, information technology can be both a tool of liberation and a means of oppression.But despite the inequities of the high tech global economy, optimism and innovation flourished when Eubanks worked with a community of resourceful women living at her local YWCA Eubanks describes a new approach to creating a broadly inclusive and empowering technology for people, popular technology, which entails shifting the focus from teaching technical skill to nurturing critical technological citizenship, building resources for learning, and fostering social movement.Important Notice The digital edition of this book is missing some of the images found in the physical edition.
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    1. Michael on said:

      This is a really important book for those concerned with the digital divide, and with the broader questions of how technology can help empower poor and working people often left out of the decision making process in the United States.Virginia Eubanks is an academic with web design skills The book focuses on a group of women living in a YWCA shelter in Troy, New York that Eubanks worked with A left turn by local YWCA administration in 2002 led to the organizing of WYMSM, Women at the YWCA Making [...]

    2. Melissa Prentice on said:

      Finally an analysis and solution to the so called digital divide that I can get behind This book featured prominently in my LIS research proposal and I think there s some great info here for librarians, particularly those with an eye toward social justice issues The author s attempts to create technology training programs in YWCA community of Troy, NY collide with the community s poor and working class women s actual experiences with the high tech economy These experiences and the resulting rese [...]

    3. Vegetable Princess on said:

      There was a ton of very useful content in this book I learned many things about how technology affects people who are poor Two of the biggest insights, which seem obvious now but which I doubt I could have articulated before reading this book, were that less powerful people DO have plenty of interaction with technology, it s just that it is used against them often e.g invasive call center monitoring, online forms to access public assistance , and that the technology used against the poor today [...]

    4. Julia Erlanger on said:

      This book was one of the assigned books for my studio class in Community Informatics Yes, I did read the whole thing, intro and conclusion and appendices This post will probably get very LIS speak very fast, so for those of you NOT in library school, Eubanks is an LIS researcher and academic type working for social justice, inspired by her work at the YWCA in Troy, NY in the early 2000s Drawing on her work there with the women who lived at the Y and on social justice and education theorists like [...]

    5. Dennis on said:

      Defining Social Science Experiments is fraught with low reliability and validity ratings findings Not to mention replicable, useful experiments to draw on However, Virginia Eubanks handles the task well incorporating the dry,national quantitative data with the richness of local qualitative data This book takes the reader out of the traditional distributive framework and introduces, much as Freire had, the social justice side of reality Power is held by those pushing the digital divide According [...]

    6. Kristy on said:

      A must read for all modern librarians, educators, and technologists Eubanks research confirms something critical that the mere presence of technology does NOT level the playing field for anyone If anything, it can be another complex system of oppression for immigrants, the economically disadvantaged, or people of color The research done within this book helps reveal misconceptions about the Digital Divide, and the difference between passive and active technology use Within a community like the Y [...]

    7. Lori (Betwined Reads) on said:

      I had to read this book for a class and I thought it was really enlightening about how women in poverty interact with technology It was illuminating about the tiers of technological jobs and how technology can be used for social justice This book made me want to do something.

    8. Kim on said:

      Really a great read that questions many assumptions about research, activism, technology, etc Also really rich with detailed exploration of Eubanks own activism It is helping me think about a lot of the work in my own projects.

    9. Will Kent on said:

      Amazing philosophy Great anecdotes Still written like an academic paper, but the ideas alone are enough to carry this book onto anyone s to read list.

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