Yarn Bombs, Etsy, and the Digital Divide

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The Aura of the Analogue in a Digital Age

By: Susan Luckman

Since the world is in a digital age, analogous items are more treasured and desired. For example, holding, reading, and finding a physical book versus reading a book from a tablet. Tonya Jameson stated “Creating something with our hands gives us a false sense of control at a time when we have little” (Robertson, p.191) Everything seems to move so fast during the digital work because frankly, it does; but when things are created from scratch through hands of artists rather than something being copied and pasted it seems like everything is under control and things are back to how they used to be. The Arts and Crafts movement arose during the increase of mechanization at the start of the Industrial Revolution. In my opinion, it is sort of like a peaceful, creative protest about the sudden progress in technology. One new element that has sprung from craftiness is yarn bombing which is yarn art pieces scattered in public places, a type of craftivism which is fighting mass-produced goods and corporate consumerism (Luckman, 2013, p. 2yarn-bomb56). The point of yarn bombing is to strip anti-feminist connotations with crafts. One year at One Spark in Jacksonville, there was yarn bombs throughout the park; and one of the “bombs” was a tree with a sweater on it, therefore leading people to hug the tree. In that case forming a subtle message that there needs to be more love and care in the world, especially towards our environment.

 

Etsy is an online crafting marketplace for people to sell their creations. It is mostly comprised of women and allows them to earn an income while staying at home. This is helpful while raising children or for getting by during the college years. The money can be just enough to pay things that needed to be paid, but some people have earned a substantial amount of money and have converted sections of their houses to accommodate the demands of the Etsy orders.

The digital production gap: The digital divide and Web 2.0 collide

By: Jen Schradie

The digital divide is the socioeconomic difference between users online. Some people have high speed internet at their work or house while others have to go to the library to gain access. Researchers have started investigating the connection between socioeconomics and people’s ability to create online content, like blogs (Schradie, 2011, p. 147). Despite the socioeconomic gap, if people can gain access to a computer with internet, “the digital democracy claim is that anyone can now produce content for the world to read, hear or watch” (Schradie, 2011, p.147). Even if people do not have computers of their own, their local library has some available to use. If someone does not know how to work a computer or surf the internet, public libraries have free classes that are open to the public to teach them. The only problem I see with this situation is the types of advertising for people to know those resources are available because it is listed online. People can attend these classes, learn the basics, and practice on the computer daily at the library. They say practice makes perfect and there are also YouTube videos that will show people how to use a computer.

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