Digital diversity is the development of technology and its impact on different aspects of our lives from the social, to economical, to communication, racial, cultural and beyond. To fully understand digital diversity, one must study the components that make up the digital world of today. They must view both the benefits, of which there are plenty, as well as the consequences that arise with advancing from an analog world to a digital one.
In class, we delved into how social networking and community sites such as flickr, Facebook, and youtube, allow for the free exchange of ideas on a global scale (Charles, 2009). Information is obtainable by anyone with access to the technology, and they are able to contribute to it through various mediums such as video, audio, and graphic design. But there is a backlash to the rapid growth and spread of the digital era, mainly in an increasing gap between those with modern technology and those without. This digital divide has led to a great deal of exploitation towards those in rd world and developing countries who are lacking technologically. This has lead to abusive dumping of e-waste into 3rd world countries, forcing the inhabitants to make a living harvesting raw material from outdated hardware using techniques very hazardous to their health. They are exploited as chief labor who can barely make a living cleaning up after our mess. And yet there are still some who are attempting to close the gap. Afordable phone plans allow families to keep in contact and buisnesses to grow. And a movement to provide children with free computers is under way in order to educate 3rd world populations and connect them to the rest of the world.
In my video, i attempt to incorporate these lessons from the class into the short film. My overall message was that the good and the bad are a part of the digital world of today, and by understanding both the positive and the negative we can improve how we utilize the digital world and improve upon it for the benefit of all.
Images all courtesy of goole images
music by DJ Earworm: United State of Pop 2009, Blame It on the Pop
DTC 475 Spring Semester class (notes)
Ess, Charles. (2009). Digital Media Ethics. Malden: Polity Press.