Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 29th Dec 2011 16:22 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless It all started with Apple/TechCrunch blogger M.G. Siegler making a huge fuss over something he didn't understand, and while that in and of itself isn't particularly interesting, one of the outcomes of this little internet drama is a comment on Google+ (the tenth one) that so perfectly encapsulates just how important Android is for the world that I felt the need to share it with you. It's the holiday season after all.
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Insanely Funny
by ViktorRabe on Fri 30th Dec 2011 10:41 UTC
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2011-12-30

This has to be the longest running gag ever, this misguided notion that Linux, Android & Co. will do away with poverty and hardship everywhere. This is, of course, only possible by redefining the divide between rich and poor. It's now only a digital divide that has to be overcome. But how exactly overcoming this digital divide will affect the reality poor and underprivileged people live in, is conveniently left unexplained by guys like DeWitt Clinton.

The fact that poverty is rising in developed countries, too, where -- Android devices or not -- even poor people can in practice access information in public places such as libraries, is also conveniently ignored. How can that be that they remain poor, even though they are able to gain knowledge?

Could it possibly be that other factors are somehow playing a part? No! Monocausal reasoning wins.

Such utopianist fantasies really distort reality in an unprecedented way, it's almost worse than Marx.

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v RE: Insanely Funny
by frderi on Fri 30th Dec 2011 13:03 in reply to "Insanely Funny"
RE[2]: Insanely Funny
by MOS6510 on Fri 30th Dec 2011 14:08 in reply to "RE: Insanely Funny"
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2011-05-12

Not sure I'd like to have something like a cell phone if I'm in a situation where everybody around me is poor and starving. If people in the modern world get robbed for an (1 iPhone I don't want to know what they'll do in a less civilized country.

1: http://www.digisecrets.com/apple/android-and-blackberry-owners-insu...

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RE: Insanely Funny
by benir0 on Fri 30th Dec 2011 14:44 in reply to "Insanely Funny"
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2006-07-26

I lived in a remote part of Mexico and was able to see, as internet arrived in the area, the benefits gained by those with the ability to access and use computers and the internet vs. those that could/would not. It meant better jobs and more food on the table. I'm not saying every one will have this experience, but Android is yet another lower-cost way to access information and as such will put that power in the hands of many more people. Is it the ultimate? Probably not, but it is the best option out there right now.

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