Lim, M. (2013). The Internet and Everyday Life in Indonesia: A New Moral Panic?. Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land-en Vollenkunde, 169, 133-147. [PDF]
The growth of the internet and social media have radically changed not only how we produce, consume, and disseminate information, but also the ways we communicate and interact with each other. The influence of tech- nology has extended beyond the confines of cyberspace and has shaped various aspects of our real lives. Consequently, it adds complexity and poses new challenges to our already complex way of life. Many of these ‘new’ aspects brought up by the internet, both positive and negative, are simply extensions of the moral life we lead in the ‘real’ physical world. But, as depicted in the selection of books reviewed here, some changes it brings are not always familiar and consistent with our cultures, values, and moral standards. For some, the anticipation of the unknown and the unfamiliar brings excitement and hope. For others, it brings fears.
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