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Inclusive Space

October 27, 2010

I have really enjoyed the discussion in this class related to accessibility and opportunity for people with disabilities and other underrepresented people. While I believe that the Internet has the capacity to be an inclusive space, I also approach this vision with some caution. Knowing that the Internet was created in a world full of inequality, I’m interested in how these inequalities might be replicated in a digital environment. I’m also interested in how information professionals can support the realization of inclusiveness.

I found the article “Digital Public Media: New Diversity or Same Old Boys Nework?” By Ernest James Wilson III and Sasha Costanza-Chock. This article compares media ownership and employment of people of color and women at commercially owned media sources, public outlets, and online media sources. The article demonstrates that patterns of under representation in larger society exist in all media types and questions if digital media will be able to realize the full potential of inclusive content. I found this article provided an interesting framework for examining inclusiveness of digital media, however the data related to online media ownership, employment and content creation was slim. Additionally, in terms of addressing the gap in representation of people of color and women in the media, the article primarily proposed solutions that required implementation from the media outlets themselves. I enjoyed this article but further study on the participation of underrepresented groups in digital media and strategies for content producers or others engaged in online content to address these issues would be very valuable.

On a related but more exciting note, a fellow student just turned me on to Snap Judgment, a storytelling radio show. In addition to a radio broadcast and podcasts, the website for this show includes all kinds of cool ways to submit stories as well as digital versions of some of the stories aired on the radio. I think this is a great example of inclusive media. You can check it out at: http://snapjudgment.org/

The article Digital Public Media: New Diversity or Same Old Boys Nework? is available from the website http://www.ernestjwilson.com/ and is attached here.

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  1. October 27, 2010 10:12 pm

    I am a teacher librarian at a public middle school and I work with an 8th-grade English teacher who is totally blind. He has found success by creating a website where is students are given assignments and where they can post their work as well. He posts the assignments independently using special computer equipment. The site then allows him to grade the work without the use of a teaching assistant, because it “reads” the student work to him. He is really happy with it.

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