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lets put this in prospective. in my country (South Africa) there are currently between 43-50 million people, this is a large number in any perspective, but let me shock you now. in lectures today i learned a shocking truth! of the vast amount of people we have only around 11% of people who own a computer and around 10.5% who access the internet. this is scary simply because we take something like this for granted! we dont think about how privalleged we are to have a computer or the internet, the world at our fingertips.... imagine how education could be improved within developing countries with the internet, its like having your own personal library at your disposal with no opening or closing times, not a few km's walk away, not in your nearest town if you live in a rural area.

its even scary to have learned that of the people who are studying at Rhodes University some only saw a computer and used one for the first time when they got there... so i'

ll pose this question again! how lucky are we? lets not take things for granted but rather appreciate what we have and try to make our difference in the world no matter how small or big it is....

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Comment by John D. Boyden on March 5, 2010 at 10:05pm
Statistics can be fun...and scary :)
Comment by uzoma judith katchy on March 5, 2010 at 10:54pm
Great job. this is the plight of so many. Education will move up in leaps and bounds if individuals can have access to the internet. People will equally be empowered. Good job.
Comment by uzoma judith katchy on March 5, 2010 at 10:58pm
good job. Education will improve in leaps and bounds if individuals have access to the internet. equally jobs will be created and people empowered. keep it up.
Comment by John D. Boyden on March 5, 2010 at 11:42pm
How might be a problem to explore, along with providing electicity....
Comment by Brandon Spearman on March 6, 2010 at 2:58am
Great post Shaun! I've also touched on how people take things for granted when we've learned to use them everyday or become overexposed. Even the smallest things such as toothbrushes and clothing can make a world of a difference to someone who has never had either. I'm glad you're beginning to recognize that we have many small issues tat make up the large problems we have in the world and we can start to tackle them a few at a time if we open our eyes and ears to those in need.
Comment by Nick Heyming on March 6, 2010 at 4:03am
I wrote a blog earlier about FREEDOM, and how so many people take it for granted. Your post illustrates that point so well, where many of us frivolously waste our time while billions completely lack access to the same technology we abuse.

I'm just glad Evoke and others are using this technology for good.

Have you ever heard of One Laptop per Child?
Comment by Bongumusa on March 6, 2010 at 8:05am
RSA have a big number of people who are computer illeterate. But our government is trying transformation. I think you picture briefly explains that you are a reall South African. I am proud of you.
Comment by happyseaurchin on March 6, 2010 at 11:55am
sounds good... the trick is to think locally, and globally too... that is, with the limited resources we have available to us, who would benefit most from our energies/attention/money? we tend to think it is those around us, after all we are touched by the squalor around them... however, many are...

collective strategy: we need to determine which group whose benefit if we help them will naturally lead to a cascade to benefiting other groups...
Comment by Alida C. Field on March 7, 2010 at 3:16pm
Thanks for the wake up call. Here in the US our level of privilege is astounding, and its very easy to lose track of that. Although I do take issue with your statement about the internet being equivalent to a library. Remember that any fool can put anything on the internet and unless you're a subject specialist you may end up with bad information that can cause you to make poor decisions. That what librarians do, they assure the rest of us that the material they make available is not just something put up by a crank or someone promoting an agenda of some sort.
I used to be an academic librarian, so I actually know what I'm talking about.
Comment by Shaun Estment on March 7, 2010 at 5:04pm
hey all thanks for all the comments it means so much. yea i agree with you Alida however not every area is privileged enough to have a library which is a really sad thing. i cant begin to express how lucky i am to be at Rhodes University which has tree libraries and just completed a multi-million rand extension of the main one. i agree that the Internet does have some very 'questionable' sites such as wikipedia where anyone can simply edit information and post what they like. there are however genuine sites which enable us to view Ebooks in pdf format and are very helpful... i suppose it is up to us in the end to make do with what we have available and they to use our own moral judgement to decide if it is in fact credible


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