Digital Literacy and Cultural Mediations to the Digital Divide

Digital Literacy and Cultural Mediations to the Digital Divide

Monica Fantin (Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC), Brazil) and Gilka Girardello (Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC), Brazil)
Copyright: © 2008 |Pages: 31
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-798-0.ch018
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Abstract

This chapter discusses the digital divide from the perspective of education and culture and highlights the forms in which the problem is presented in Brazil, understanding that it is not exclusive to this context. Given the complex challenges to digital inclusion in the context of globalization, the chapter emphasizes that for children and young people to be able to appropriate new technologies and languages in a significant manner, the promotion of digital literacy should be realized with respect to the concept of multiliteracies. Digital inclusion means much more than access to technologies and is understood as one of the fronts in the struggle against poverty and inequality. The authors propose that the understanding of the digital divide be enriched with the valorization of cultural mediations in the construction of digital literacy. In this sense, a culturalist perspective of media education can promote digital inclusion that is an experience of citizenship, belonging, and critical and creative participation of children and young people in the culture.

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