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[Talk] Collapsing & Converging: Bridging Participatory Culture & Civic Engagement in Indonesia

14 March 2010 20,272 views 8 Comments

Please find below my presentation at the Freedom of Expression Ford Foundation workshop at SXSW 2010 in Austin, Texas, 13-15 March 2010.

Title: Collapsing & Converging: Bridging Participatory Culture & Civic Engagement in Indonesia

Using cases from Indonesia, this presentation seeks to explore on processes, mechanisms, and strategies needed to bridge ad-hoc, mundane, and unorganized cultural and social expressions to more sustained civic engagement that potentially yield social transformation.


  • ambar said:

    mba mer,

    aku rada bingung dengan istilah collapsing. apakah yang terjadi adalah media komunitas (radio komunitas) nya yang collaps lalu terjadi converging? atau apa?

    mohon penjelasan ya mba?


  • mer said:

    ambar: yang “collapsed” bukan media-nya, tapi batas2 kelompok sosial dan batas2 dimensi budaya popular & interaksi sosial dengan partisipasi sosio-politikal.


  • colson said:

    Did Diego surrender to you? I guess it did (Hey, wait a minute. It’s March the 15th. Maybe it is not over yet).

    Anyhow, thanks a lot for sharing (again). I make myself believe I got the drift of your presentation. And I love it. But missing your personal performance leaves me a half wit only at best on the subject.


  • nemo said:

    according to :

    http://crackberry. com/blackberry- goes-viral- indonesia
    “Indosat made it pretty clear to us that BLACKBERRY is the smartphone brand that everybody wants (it’s all about the always on, always connected lifestyle)”
    “to sum up, 50% use blackberry for social status, another 50% use it for the facebook app.

    I would like to know percentage of BBerry & Facebook users participate/ getting involve in “civic engagement”/ ” social transformation”.


  • mer said:

    nemo: most indonesians don’t use Blackberry. they use much cheaper mobile phones to access. yes, if it’s BB it’s elite, because it’s expensive. those cellphones that are circulated in the market, they are mostly Chinese made. about civic engagement, i don’t say it’s dominant, most are in ‘participatory culture’ — but many have passion to be involved in civic engagement if you can, if they know how. that’s why i was talking about ‘bridging’, how to channel energy and passion people have to a right one.


  • mer said:

    colson: San Diego was the past. this one was in Austin, TX (and yes, it’s the past as well, I presented on 14th)…. already in Tempe now :) yeah, i should have had a voice over, but too lazy to do so, hopefully someday.


  • Jocelyn Peterson said:

    i am sort of obsessed with the latest cellphones on the market and i am always on the lookout-.*


  • Morgan Palmer said:

    cellphones these days are getting ultra-modern and packed with lots of features~’,


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