Really, whining is not what I’m trying to do. My purpose is to highlight what unequal access means for people through my own, “not exactly roughing it” experiences.
One of my frustrations has been that the internet is self-propagating. To find networking answers, for example, I found that what I needed was an internet connection. <ironic sigh> What I mean to say is, the poor get poorer. Ancient phenomenon, modern medium.
The other thing is, typical solutions (“Eh, just go to the library”) don’t work. It’s almost never about just popping onto a computer for an hour to take care of a couple of things. It’s much broader than that. To stay current with what’s happening on the internet, you (or at least I) need to be on it. Yes, part of staying current does include the latest drunk pictures my friends from high school posted on Facebook. But part of it is reading blogs like Beth Kanter’s (and following the recommended links), or establishing myself in the nonprofit Twitterpack, or just poking around and seeing what I find. Popping over to the library once a week doesn’t really cut it.
The nature of the beast is that without home internet access, you’re cut off from not only important “putter time,” but also from the best resources about the resource.