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 9: The Stakes: Participation or Exclusion
After four chapters with a detailed exposition of the factors involved in four successive types of access and two chapters describing the meaning of these factors in the context of the nascent information and network society, we are ready to deal with the effects of having more or less access to the new digital media. What are the stakes here? Is access to these media really necessary for life in contemporary society and the society of the future? Are the old media and other means of information and communication no longer sufficient? I postulate that the answers to these questions are not obvious. The basic motive behind the analysis and solutions proposed here is not a ...