Americanizing palestine through internet development

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In a small, rural village in the West Bank, I stop by an IT4Youth Internet center. A few kids have been invited to try out the center before its grand opening in a week’s time. A group of teenage girls is in the Internet Room. Raucous and excited, they hop from one computer to another to see what each is doing. Next to me is a girl of perhaps fifteen, sitting quietly by herself. She hesitantly interrupts my typing. “Can you help me?" she shyly asks. “What I am supposed to do?" She had been sitting there not daring to touch the mouse or keyboard. I ask her what she wants to do: check her e-mail, read the news, go to a particular site, play games, chat with a friend... After a moment of silence, she asks, “How can I get an e-mail address?" I rattle off some options-Hotmail, Yahoo!, MSN-none of which seem familiar to her. I pull up the Hotmail website, and tell her she can sign up for free by following the instructions on the screen. As I return to typing my e-mail, she interrupts me: “I don’t read English.” I apologize for my insensitivity and search for an Arabiclanguage e-mail site. I pull one up and tell her to follow the instructions. Although I do not mean to be rude but rather being in a rush, I return to my computer. Out of the corner of my eye, I notice her paralysis. I ask her if she is stuck on choosing a screen name. “Well, uh,” she replies, “I don’t read Arabic either.”

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInternationalizing Internet Studies
Subtitle of host publicationBeyond Anglophone Paradigms
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)0415956250, 9781135912611
ISBN (Print)0203891422, 9780415956253
StatePublished - Jan 1 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities
  • General Social Sciences


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