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5 Taylor Definitions Ch4


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“access content and distribution networks”


According to Drupal.org, Content Access is a module that allows you to manage permissions for content types by role and author. It allows you to specify custom view, edit and delete permissions for each content type. Optionally you can enable per content access settings, so you can customize the access for each content node.  After reading Taylor’s chapter, my understanding of access content is when Capitalist are able to manage data online and regardless of permissions and content types, are able to change the content and delete permissions for each content type.  Therefore giving the Capitalist the ability to customize the access for each content type and putting a person’s information or property in an unsafe realm where property is unprotected and vulnerable to thievery.  In other words, data is shared, stolen and sold to the highest bitter, and the person of the property is unaware and ill-informed about rights and protection. A distribution network is a form of sharing this unsafe, unprotected information to big business that would use your data to market and sell.


Taylor breaks Access Content and Distribution Networks in two different groups of Capitalist who make money by selling, and those who make money by controlling.  She explains in the chapter that those companies are like Google and Facebook are the Capitalist that control what people are distributing and make their money by this format.  Where the content sellers are so vulnerable and not fully protected under copyright laws, but are in the business of selling products like music and perhaps movies


% Yesenia Williams completed

group: Yesenia Williams, Marisa Chung, Farrah Duplessis


In Chapter 4, Taylor defines “second level digital divide” as socially stratified variations in online skills and behaviors. She brings up the notion that there is inequality amongst people in their online usage, specifically high or low income; contrary to the belief that once all people are logged in there is digital equality. There are differences in people’s online skills such as frequency, patterns, or ability to research many topics. In analyzing the internet users, the most significant difference are in access, who has it versus who doesn’t, and how it is being used and their ability to find information. Second level digital divide is a socioeconomic creation that separates society and initiates inequality based on race, gender, and social class. An example would be a person who can only afford a cell phone versus a home, or school computer to conduct their searches and research. One will have a significant better chance and opportunity to conduct those searches versus the other. These disparities can play a role in any future ability to get a job, start a business, or excel in school.

This chapter was so interesting. To discuss digital media from the perspective of inequality brought to the forefront issues not typically talked about. The ability to measure the discrimination and biases that occur online can be difficult. The people utilizing the web come from all walks of life with numerous motivations. Taylor finds that with the second level digital divide, amongst other ways that discrimination occurs on the web whether it’s race, gender etc. this is only one topic among many that needs attention. With choosing to tackle them, gives hope for a better Internet culture. It needs to start with the reality that inequality exists in a place where we least expect it.