Defining Away the Digital Divide: A Content Analysis of Institutional Influences on Popular Representations of Technology


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: 0-7923-7420-7

Type of work: Proceedings


Digital Divide


It is our contention that information technology is a cultural commodity whose influence is spread through economic and political action of institutions such as the government and corporations. Informed by Bourdieu’’s sociology of language, we conduct a content analysis of political speeches regarding “digital opportunities” delivered by U. S. government officials. In this analysis we demonstrate how institutions actively (re)produce and legitimize popular representations of technology and its role in the new economy. The broader implication of this analysis is to offer a way in which information systems research can consider the larger socio-political context in which so many of our research activities and debates are situated.