I tend to agree with Jeff on this point. Despite whatever we
academics may proclaim to be "essential" and "right", people all
over the world vote with their pocketbooks to meet the needs they
percieve to be greatest.
Having lived in areas where there were more VCRs than latrines,
I know this all too well.
If communication is a felt need, can we adapt computers to fill
Jeff Cochrane wrote:
> Dr Richard Heeks argues:
> > Roads provide essential goods and services to African
villages; > > computer networks don't.
> I wonder, if we installed a telephone in an African village,
would > that be better? Judging from Dr. Heeks' implicit
> "goods and services", I gather that a telephone would not be
any better. Yet people seem to like telephones.
> I recall a village leader in Sierra Leone arguing forcefully
for my > assistance in acquiring a public telephone for his town.
> couldn't be bothered with email, however. >
> Jeff @ Washington, DC, USA
> AfricaLink -- http://www.info.usaid.gov/alnk > Tel
> Fax 1-703-235-3805
Iowa City, IA
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