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Selfe, Cynthia, Gail E. Hawisher."Literacies and the Complexities of the Global Digital Divide." ''The Norton Book of Composition Studies.''

My topic for the white paper focuses on the literary nature of digital and online mediums, with emphasis on how the digital divide is more than just an economic problem, but rather a problem that has effectively limited, if not completely leaving out, individuals incapable of accessing online and digital materials. Besides the economics of the situation, individuals who are outside the realm of technology are also illiterate to all of the issues/conversations that exists in this medium, and is a huge social hindrance which often relegates these non-digital readers as outsiders, or minorities.

Examining this article (which was written in 2006), the authors focus on case studies of two student coauthors as they attempted to acquire some form of digital literacy. Both of these students, Oladipupo Lashore and Pengfei Song, grew up on different sides of the world, but later attended college in the United States, where they were forced to use and interact with increasing digital literacies. In the chapters abstract statement, the '''"goal is to demonstrate the importance of situating digital literacies, and writing more generally, within specific cultural, material, educational, and familial contexts that influence-and are influenced by-their acquisition and development" (1499).''' Essentially, it seems that Selfe and Hawisher want to demonstrate the many social ramifications that come from, as well as hinder individual development within the field of digital technology and literacy. Because of the many cultural, social, and economic aspects of language development, some people generally have a much more difficult time understanding, using, or owning technical equipment such as computers, which effects individual digital literacy levels, where those that are unable to understand this medium are often socially and politically left out of many conversations. For anybody focusing on digital literacy, the digital divide, or even cultural/racial issues with technology, this would be an exceptional source.