Thoughtful Thursday: Do You Take Digital Literacy for Granted?

somerville-august-atkinson-fb-scrKTVU journalist Frank Somerville often shares stories of regular people on his Facebook page alongside the news of the day. In one share, he was able to amplify the importance of digital literacy in our lives. On January 31, 2017 he shared 4 photos courtesy of Adam August and his new friend Tarec Atkinson…

Adam frequently spotted Tarec, a homeless man, during his daily movements. He reached out to help him one day. He provided him with a shower, clothing, food and friendship – then he discovered a need that he had not considered. In helping Atkinson to seek employment, August was told time and time again that job applications must be submitted online.

So, the two went to a free Public Computer Center at a nearby library, where August was awakened to a glaring disparity: people who do not have access to computers often cannot use them proficiently, and this impacts their ability to present themselves professionally – a clear disadvantage.

August wrote: “We take our computer literacy for granted. Watching him struggle to fill out an application put so much into perspective for me. I saw firsthand how the ‘system’ is set up to fail people like Tarec. There is no way he would have been able to do any of this without help.”

Read the full story and find out how Tarec fared in his quest to escape joblessness.

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