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By William Wresch

Within the info Age, info is strength. Who produces all that info, how does it stream round, who makes use of it, to what ends, and below what constraints? Who will get that energy? And what occurs to the folk who've no entry to it ?Disconnected starts off with a notable vignette of 2 males: One is the thriving supervisor of an organization promoting own pcs and machine providers.

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Both groups were out on the levees. Both groups walk the Earth. A human tragedy reduced to a five-minute segment on late-night TV may be ghastly entertainment to the twisted, but it can also be an alarm bell to the many who will risk everything to help. And there are people who will help when they know about a problem. To believe otherwise is to believe oneself a member of a very sad species. Information makes the invisible visible. It will bring hope. Ultimately it will bring help. THE VULNERABLE Mary Byron lived just one day after her boyfriend was released from jail.

When St. Louis was being gradually drowned by the Mississippi in the summer of 1993, the publicity drew thousands of spectators who stood and watched while people's homes went under. But the publicity also drew thousands of volunteers who worked in the heat and the mud to fill sandbags to save other people's homes. Both groups were out on the levees. Both groups walk the Earth. A human tragedy reduced to a five-minute segment on late-night TV may be ghastly entertainment to the twisted, but it can also be an alarm bell to the many who will risk everything to help.

But a university in the developing world has other responsibilities as well. Was there anything it could do, I wondered, about Namibia's huge unemployment problem? Every street corner in downtown Windhoek has dozens of men standing, waiting all day, every day, hoping for a day's work. I began interviewing these men. These conversations quickly became agony for me, for the men, and for my translator, Szacky Nuujoma, but we persisted. What I learned didn't make me feel very good. Szacky and I began by getting background information on the men-what kinds of jobs they were able to get, how often they worked, what they were paid, where they lived, how they lived.

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