The Deepening Divide: Inequality in the Information Society explains why the digital divide is still widening and, in advanced high-tech societies, deepening. Taken from an international perspective, the book offers full coverage of the literature and research and a theoretical framework from which to analyze and approach the issue. Where most books on the digital divide only describe and analyze the issue, Jan van Dijk presents 26 policy perspectives and instruments designed to close the divide itself.

Motivational Access
Motivational access

Introduction

The first phase of access, considered as a process of full appropriation of the new digital technologies, is a preliminary condition of all other phases. It is the motivation of potential users to adopt, acquire, learn, and use these technologies—computers and Internet connections in particular. The appearance of this motivation should not be taken for granted. This is often done by both uncritical admirers of the digital media and technology pushers who want people to use computers and get connected to the Internet the sooner the better, as if this would automatically solve their problems. In this chapter, we observe that our societies do not only contain information and technology have-nots but information and technology want-nots. Some people are not intense seekers ...

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