Race and the Digital: Racial Formation and 21st Century TechnologiesMain Menu"From Tweets to Streets?" A Research Project with Digital Supplement"The Digital Divide" Research ProjectsRace and the Digital BlogIntersectionality and TaggingCourse SyllabusSyllabus for Race and the Digital at UCLAStatement of Values: Digital Ethnic StudiesContributors' PortfoliosAbout "Race and the Digital"Genevieve Carpiocbaef6f4fe1847cc774ee8ef5c2d6efb0a58fda3Kid Cometb62a4423d252f961609f416b7188ffbc7d84a7d3Yesenia Melgoza-Fernandeza6a8d8933b14c7be3a522d5102f92c9dfe52e9b2Michie Ortiz25daabac1577ec1d12a68b2c0b0a15c4dba1374bEduardo D. Garcia6e60d0784abf2b990f3510cceb60101259a8bdd3Alan Evangelistaf3e41e7c002a037bb13d71a1e837eb5bf5bef12fAna Victoria H.37ae5307effd9bccccea4f0fe7958d15cee30e07Arturo Sotelo38025c1bb15e36f2beff44b22df47fac513c339faade8e08161ecdfbe4206b74479dee1c1d007a58c4Ashley Martinez-Munoza5a71a08c4c1c5dc7904ffcbc148c4f2edb1e723Ebony Paramodca8ce0b7a38097adb1b511e4c75690f833171f0
12016-04-27T10:03:10-07:00Alan Evangelistaf3e41e7c002a037bb13d71a1e837eb5bf5bef12f88776plain2016-04-28T08:04:35-07:00Alan Evangelistaf3e41e7c002a037bb13d71a1e837eb5bf5bef12fAs evident in this paper, the topic of the digital divide is a growing issue. Despite the advancements and undeniable effects of this "digital revolution," there remains major limits on who has access to and who can participate in the digital world. While many argue that the digital divide is closing when it comes to the exposure to content, the participation and engagement in the creation and distribution of it continues to be unequally distributed by social background. It must be noted that although this paper focused on the relation between ICTs and race and ethnicity, other social factors such as urbanity, household income, and educational attainment all play major roles in the digital divide. So why does the digital divide matter? Why does it matter that some people use the internet more than others? Why does it matter that some people are participating on the internet and others are not? It matters because it is the same groups that are stratified in the real world that are also stratified in the digital world. Conversely, digital inequalities further hinders the social inequalities faced by minoritized groups out in the real world. Being active and having access to ICTs brings a range of benefits to those that have the means. Individuals are able to express themselves culturally and politically, engage in higher learning, connect with various people across the world, and further advance their lives economically. Of course those without the means suffer. There is a need to bridge the digital divide and it all starts with awareness. Pinterest is a social media platform that can provide a wide range of opportunities for cultural self-expression, awareness, and learning but we first need provide individuals with the tools and resources needed to access and engage with new media platforms like this.