Media for all

In a world in which the technology becomes more important, more influencing and creates news channels of relationships, the importance of every person have access to the communication technology increases exponentially. However, there are still many people, communities and societies that are isolated from the world in technological terms.

In Brazil, for example, the poorest people usually do not have a computer in their homes or even a TV or radio. Some communities are distant from the political and economic center of the country, they also have few access to technology. Other cases happens with a whole country, when the government prohibits or set limits to the use of internet.

The technological limits that perceives some places prevent people to have access to many benefits that it can provide, such as to access information, especially in the cases of isolated communities, to be able to study at home, and even to articulate political actions among the society or to inform the international society about what is happening in the country, in the case of an atrocity, for example.

Therefore, though communication technology can isolated people from each other, it can also approximate them in order to deliver and exchange information, experiences and knowledge. That is the main reason why governments should do efforts to all people have access to technology. This strengthens democracy and develops the society in educational, political, economic and cultural terms.


Fernanda Conforto


Published by Life in Media

Website dedicated to the Media Life/Life in Media project of Mark Deuze, Professor of Media Studies, University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands).

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