Doug Levitt: The Greyhound Diaries on Dylan Ratigan Show
A very interesting topic of the poor becoming "disconnected" (with respect to social media) came up.
Levitt described his perceptions of riding Greyhound bus for tens of thousands of miles. He described many riders as those "that couldn't afford a car". Further, he never saw more than a couple of mobile devices on any given bus trip. He gave me the perception that the number of people that can't afford such services are much greater than what I had imagined. Levitt spoke of a widening gap between those that are "connected" and those that are not.
Think of the potential "message gap" as poverty rates increase. How can these people be reached or more important, how can they reach us? Is this issue big enough that we are not getting enough narrative to really know how bad things are out there?
Perhaps pitching tents wasn't a bad idea for the occupy movement after all? Maybe those signs and chants were reaching an element that couldn't be otherwised reached?