For this week’s blog, I read the article “How Artists Can Bridge the Digital Divide and Reimagine Humanity” by Agnes Chavez. The article talks about how art, technology, and science can become tools to increase digital literacy. Chavez categorized the digital divide into “first-level” and “second-level” and stated that solving the problem on both levels is essential. The “first-level” is having affordable access to information and devices; the “second-level” gives people the necessary knowledge to become digital content producers. The PASEO festival is an example that describes how art and technology can support learning and create a positive attitude towards digital media, which bridges the divide on the “second-level.” Later, the author also discussed creating shareable digital resources and implementing the STEMarts model to support access to digital content. The article outlined multiple methods to bridge the digital divide and highlighted the importance of digital technology in connecting people and communities across economic sectors, which I found inspiring.
Chavez, A., “how artists can bridge the digital divide and reimagine humanity”. “How Artists Can Bridge the Digital Divide and Reimagine Humanity”. Available at: https://www.arts.gov/impact/media-arts/arts-technology-scan/essays/how-artists-can-bridge-digital-divide-and-reimagine-humanity [Accessed November 12, 2021].