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.
Chatper 7: Inequality in the Information Society
In this book, the topic of inequality of access to ICTs is treated in the context of the nascent information and network society. These are two typical classifications of contemporary high-technological societies of special interest to the topic of the book. They indicate very general, long-term evolutionary processes in contemporary societies. They are not concrete societal forms with precise historical beginnings and ends. To use a vivid expression, one might say that the information society did not start in 1751 with the appearance of the first part of the Encyclopédie of Diderot and d'Alembert and the network society did not appear with the installation of the first telegraph line by Samuel Morse in 1844. In the ...