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In the country like Bangladesh where literacy rate is too poor. and averagre income less than a doller per day. it is in this situation wher access to information techonology like computer is being denied their web use is meare dream.

Shahid - thanks. It is so easy for us to forget how privileged we are in our connected world. But do you have some lessons about what it really takes to connect with other people, which we maybe forget amidst the technology?

I commented on Lloyd's blog because there is some well-established sociological theory that illuminates this.
I don't want to write an essay here (though I guess I should one day, at least on my blog...) so suffice to say that social structures (including companies and voluntary organisations) are just that; social structures.
Simply because they appear to be formal or self-evident doesn't give them any special ontological status. More importantly when they go unquestioned or even unnoticed it's a pretty good bet that they do so to someone's benefit.
Further, the power to recognise certain structures and to legitimise them rests with only some people (rich in certain forms of capital).
Dang! It's turning into an essay.
Can I put it simply? Well, the 'shadow' organisation (or society) has always been there (in Bangladesh as well as elsewhere) but only certain people have the authority to call it out of bounds.
Read Bourdieu!!


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