Wessell details on exclusion vs inclusion in the internet sphere, which creates a digital divide. Access is a major issue in terms of who uses the internet, which furthers the divide. The inequalities noted, such as those of different races and ages prove interesting. Wessell notes that 26% of Americans aged 65 and older go online, compared with 67% of those 50-64, 80% of those aged 30-49 and 84% of those aged 18-29" (Wessell 111).
I find this figure particularly interesting. As a college student who falls into the 18-29 category, I think that it would be virtually impossible to exist in this day and age without using the internet, yet 11% of my peers do. Additionally, I find the figure of only 26% of older Americans using the internet to be fascinating. My grandmother spends all day on the internet, yet she is very unaware of many aspects of the Internet and technological advancements. She uses dial up still, but the internet is as much a part of her life as it is mine.
Wessell's comments on internet use in different countries is also interesting. I am studying abroad in Paris next semester and have been informed that Wifi is much more difficult to find. In America, people spend hours sitting on the computer, wasting time, and I am eager to be in a place where citizens are using their time more wisely, and exploring life outside of the Internet. I find Wessell's claim that "the internet is therefore seen as contributing to a young person's social and cultural capital" (117) to not necessarily be true, especially as people in places that are a bit more cultured do not use the Internet as much.