Wednesday, 29 July 2009

On the Street and on Facebook: THe Homeless Stay Wired.

Not having a home does not mean you can't have a home page as many of the homeless are demonstrating. "You don't need a TV. You don't need a radio. You don't even need a newspaper. But you need the Internet" explains Mr Pitts, aged 37 and homeless for two years.

Mr Pitts is just one of many examples portraying how deeply the digital age has rooted itself in the lives of everybody, regardless of circumstance or fortune, dispelling the fear of a "digital divide".

The aspiring poet owns Facebook, MySpace and Twitter accounts, runs an internet forum and uses the web to read news and converse with friends. Furthermore, the internet allows the homeless to more effectively explore avenues of employment and doorways to opportunity.

1 comment:

Drew Byrne said...

What is this, fantasy land? Please, don't do it! This is real: the incapacity to purchase a can of beer once one has had his lap top nicked by a band of roaming "Webmasters" on crack cocaine, because one can't possibly pawn it anymore to acquire a couple or more cans of the "essential" luxuries of life!