The Digital Divide: Status Differences in Virtual Environments

  • Ann-Sofie, Axelsson
Part of the Computer Supported Cooperative Work book series (CSCW)

Abstract

With the introduction of the Internet, many people saw the beginning of a new era; an era of democratization, of status equalization, and of freedom of speech for everyone. The accessibility of other places and people via the medium of computers, as Weill as the absence of many social and status cues, would make it possible for people to reach out to other people across the national and social borders that govern our face-to-face interaction. We would turn on our computer-sand instantly be connected not only with our offices, our colleagues, and our families and friends, but also with people all over the world with whom we would make exciting new acquaintances.

Keywords

Stratification Smoke Defend 

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