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The Haves and the Have-Nots Beneath all the superhighway metaphors and the cyberspace hype lie some serious issues about the social and economic impact of the so-called information revolution Although computers seem to be everywhere the people owning or having access to them at home school or work fall into certain categories The Haves and the Have-Nots The Haves are people who are comfortable with computer technologies and computers are a consistent part of their lives They are upper-income and predominately white Hancock notes The richer the family the more likely it is to own a computer 632 further White families are three times as likely as Blacks or Hispanics to have computers at home 632 Have-Nots are people for whom computer technology is not a part of life In general though Have-Nots are interested in becoming computer literate as Hancock is quick to note Marilee Colon Roxburys fifth-grade computer lover would like her chance to understand everything too 634 but if they dont will be left in technologies wake The Have-Nots will be consigned to the rural backwater of the information society 632 They have not because they do not have access or exposure in this new technological world Have-Nots reside among many groups of people most are disenfranchised low- and moderate-income minorities and populations over the age of forty something There is some hope on the educational front in many areas the battle is already being waged Prosperous Montgomery County Maryland has an 81 million plan to put every classroom online 632 but hard fought as The District of Columbia public schools have the same ambitious plan but less then 1 million in the budget to accomplish it 633 Here Hancock pushes for progress stating The Internet could become the most effective equalizer in the educational lives of students As people worry about the social divide between The Haves and the Have-Nots in education the real cultural divide is going to be
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