Is new media casting a narrower picture of the world?

Posted February 4th, 2011 in Egypt, Facebook, Twitter and tagged , , , , by Alton Drew

I was listening to a report by Lourdes Garcia-Navarro, a reporter for NPR. Ms. Garcia-Navarro is covering the unrest in Egypt. In reporting her observations of the protests in Tahrir Square, she reminded us that this is only a portion of the city. Other residents, by some reports the majority of the city and most likely the country, are in support of embattled Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak.

Bear in mid that the videos, tweets, and Facebook posts are coming from young, middle class Egyptians. They have the savvy to make the small window that is Tahrir Square in Cairo even smaller.

It should be a reminder here in the United States that those with the resources to have and employ broadband access services are in a position to present a skewed view of our universe here at home. If we want a fuller and more diverse voice emanating from within and throughout America, we need to ensure access to broadband.

The best way to ensure broadband access in our country is to reduce costs of providing such services in conjunction with providing the tools of digital literacy necessary for making adoption effective.

If we do not, then broadband for America will be reduced to a state of narrowband for Egypt.