I saw a great little article, courtesy of Andrew Sullivan. It said that 1 in 5 Americans are not online.
Now, I know being a bit of a geek I have a confirmation bias, but I don’t know anyone that is not online.
I’ve always felt that the Internet speeds and costs we experience in the United States is ridiculous. We are a nation of knowledge workers and it is easier to get natural gas to my home then it was to get Internet to my home (and cheaper too!).
What the hell do I need gas for? If the gas and the Internet went off simultaneously at your home, which would you notice first? Right, me too.
if knowledge is power, and the Internet represents the collected knowledge of humanity, and America is falling behind in Internet access, is it any wonder that we are also losing our super power status?
The most interesting part of the article was the characteristics of those not online:
Now, I don’t want to get into a causation versus correlation argument but I think it is safe to assume there is at least some sort of connection here. What was even MORE interesting was the reasons these people are not online”
-Nothing worth accessing
-Don’t have access to a computer
Are you seeing a “DUH” moment here? Because I am! The poorer, uneducated, and likely under- and unemployed portion of the population (the ones that are the focus of so much legislation to try and create jobs for) don’t have access to, or the training to use, the most powerful force in business in a century.
You figure out a way to get free and ubiquitous Wi-Fi that covers 80% of the American population and I can guarantee you that we will not only retain our super power status, but that a new economic revolution would happen.
And we wouldn’t need stupid legislation to create jobs.