Blog Post 6 Digital Media Spaces

“Multimodality in Motion” referred to the spaces that are limited to those with disabilities, and “The Politics of the Interface” described the limits in the computers interface, and their relationship to a countries boarder patrol. In reading these articles I have noticed a trend; that we constantly believe our technology to be incredibly advanced and available for anyone, but in reality their are more and more limitations each day. We can look at this as a negative, and say that the technology industry is not being inclusive to all people with different abilities, disabilities, nationality, and language barriers; or we can look at it from the perspective of innovation, and ability to change and grow. Everything we know has started out from somewhere, from a base line. The computer started out in the garage of a white man in the business class, so naturally the baseline will be for the working class, american male. As time has progressed, things have changed. Computers, smartphones, watches, and fitness trackers have been made available for people with all different sorts of needs; the college student writing 15 page research papers, the social media networker, and the mom who is trying to get back on track with her fitness plans. Overtime computer systems have changed, along with their availability. They are in classrooms, doctors offices, and business around the world. But they are still not available for those who are below the middle class. Noticing where technology falls short, is important to the improvement of technology. While it will take some time to find ways to make technology available to more people financially, there are changes that can be made within the spaces to make it more available to others. If certain functions were included such as text to speech, or a color blind option these simple changes could add a massive number of people to these spaces. Other adjustments like integrating eye tracker technology, to make social media pages more functional for people with cerebral palsy. Changes like these, that are available out there, would aid in allowing social media to be open to people far beyond where they are at now.

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