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THE DIGITAL DIVIDE 2
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In this paper I will explore the gap created by the digital divide and what steps if any
need to be taken to help bridge it. For any person in America today it seems that anywhere
you go, there is a high likelihood that you will find a person using a device whether a
computer or a phone to access the internet. With such an observation one may be tempted to
think that the digital divide is a thing of the past but the truth is that the divide actually
widening (Goodman, 2013). Unlike yesteryears where the use of computers was only limited
to a few individuals when the gap was wide today the gap is even wider under different
circumstances. The digital divide today is more about how people use computers or other
digital devices rather than just owning a computer, phone or any other digital device.
Understanding the digital divide in a country like America is therefore an interesting area to
explore (Bauer, 2013).
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The term Digital Divide was first used in the mid 1990’s at the onset of the era of
personal computer in the (Bernard, 2011). One of the earliest companies to bring personal
computers into the homes and businesses of ordinary Americans was Apple Company Inc.
which was started in 1976 and started selling computers in 1977. Apple unlike previous
computers offered a user friendly operating system that allowed anybody to use their
computers with minimal difficulty. It is during this time that the first school ever installed an
Apple II in the year 1980 (Companine, 2001).
The term “the digital divide” was therefore used to refer to the gap that existed
between the elderly, handicapped, the poor or other underprivileged people and the young,

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Running head: THE DIGITAL DIVIDE 1 The Digital Divide Name Tutor Course Institution Date THE DIGITAL DIVIDE 2 Part 1 In this paper I will explore the gap created by the digital divide and what steps if any need to be taken to help bridge it. For any person in America today it seems that anywhere you go, there is a high likelihood that you will find a person using a device whether a computer or a phone to access the internet. With such an observation one may be tempted to think that the digital divide is a thing of the past but the truth is that the divide actually widening (Goodman, 2013). Unlike yesteryears where the use of computers was only limited to a few individuals when the gap was wide today the gap is even wider under different circumstances. The digital divide today is more about how people use computers or other digital devices rather than just owning a computer, phone or any other digital device. Understanding the digital divide in a country like America is therefore an interesting area to explore (Bauer, 2013). Part 2 (executive summary) The term Digital Divide was first used in the mid 1990’s at the onset of the era of personal computer in the (Bernard, 2011). One of the earliest companies to bring personal computers into the homes and businesses of ordinary Americans was Apple Company Inc. which was started in 1976 and started selling computers in 1977. Apple unlike previous computers offered a user friendly operating system that allowed anybody to ...
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