Dec 16 2011

Jamilah King on the digital divide, John Knefel on OWS arrests


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This week on CounterSpin: Few deny anymore that internet access is becoming critical to taking part in political and economic life. So, what does it matter that research shows that higher proportions of African Americans and Latinos than white people are achieving that access through relatively more affordable smartphones rather than home computers? Our guest says unless things are changed, it’s going to matter very much indeed. Jamilah King from will join us to talk about the ‘new’ digital divide.

Also on the show: The epidemic of strong-arm police tactics being applied to Occupy activists and the journalists covering Occupy alike came very close to home recently. We’ll talk to John Knefel, journalist, comedian and FAIR intern about his recent arrest while covering an Occupy event in Manhattan, and the importance of activist understanding of the prison industrial complex.


–“How Big Telecom Used Smartphones to Create a New Digital Divide,” by Jamilah King (, 12/6/11)

–“Busted for Tweeting,” by Molly Knefel (, 12/13/11)