Friday, March 04, 2005

Value of the computer

In Beyond Access:Psychosocial Barriers to Computer Literacy, Stanley concludes,"... computer technology simply has not yet provided some low-income people with a compelling reason to make ownership a priority." (p.410). From this article we see that other devices (ie VCRs, CD players, cell phones, big-screen tvs, etc.) were purchased in low-income homes. Some of these devices require a certain about to knowledge to operate. Frankly, I accidently changed my ringer tones on my cell phone and can't figure out how to change it back... So if a person can program a phone, operate a DVD player, etc., I think s/he also has the capacity to learn the basics of a computer. Isn't computer technology in these items as well? I guess my question is if some low-income people already use computer technology, why is the computer itself not valued?

1 comment:

  1. I think it's not the hardware itself, but the content, the meaning in the information sought and received. If we want to make a low-tech comparison, there are plenty of shops that one may never go into because you can assess it surficially and predict that you'll have no earned value from going in and learning their stock. Recalling from Maslow's hierarchy, computer use would probably rank at the top tier in "self-actualization" unless there was a compelling survival reason...