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[3 Jul 2014 | 2 Comments | 28 views]
Vote for Virtue and Wisdom, According to Dead Philosophers


published in Magdalene
Plato once said, “In politics we presume that everyone who knows how to get votes knows how to administer a city or a state. When we are ill…we do not ask for the handsomest physician, or the most eloquent one.”
Shall we argue against Plato? Of course he is correct. But in the ancient Greek where Plato lived there was also no television, let alone social media.

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[3 Jul 2014 | 2 Comments | 182 views]
Objectivity vs Neutrality


[terjemah bahasa indonesia di bawah]
Nobody can be free from bias, but as a scholar I should always exhibit a bias toward objectivity. Being objective has always been the goal.
Objectivity, however, should not be confused with neutrality. One should not hesitate to be partial and in fact it is imperative to be so, if after a careful investigation of the facts one can conclude that truth lies on one side or one simply is a better choice.

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[19 May 2014 | No Comment | 44 views]
The month of May


Personally,  the month of May has always been sentimental and gloomy… sad, bitter, melancholic, emotional events happened this month…. deaths, farewells, birthdays….
as an Indonesian, though, there is only one May that I’d never forget… May 1998…..

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[27 Apr 2014 | 3 Comments | 204 views]
Malaysian #Bersih movement on Twitter


I just finished the first article based on my study of the electoral reform movement in Malaysia, Bersih and still trying to write the next one based on the same study. Combining computational mapping[1] and online-offline ethnography,[2] my study examines and contextualize the role(s) of the internet and social media in the movement as being embedded in the contour of societal changes and transformations.
The article itself, perhaps will not be out until next year, but I’m happy to provide you with a little sneak peek (only on Twitter section).
an excerpt of …

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[20 Apr 2014 | 5 Comments | 34 views]
[Archive] Brazil’s controversial plan to extricate the internet from US control | World news | theguardian.com


From: The Guardian, 20 September 2013 
Brazil’s controversial plan to extricate the internet from US control | World news | theguardian.com.

Brazil’s president Dilma Rousseff is proposing a controversial set of measures to wrestle Brazil’s internet from US control. Photograph: Carolyn Kaster/AP

When Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff postponed her official visit to the US in protest of National Security Agency spying activities on Tuesday, it seemed like a routine bit of diplomatic posturing.
But another one of her proposals could perhaps be more significant: a set of measures intended to extricate the internet in Brazil from under the influence of the …

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[31 Dec 2013 | 8 Comments | 230 views]
Bye-bye 2013: ‘Selfie’ in the Paleolithic time


2013 Oxford Dictionaries’ word of the year: ‘selfie’
Farewell 2013, Bye-bye ‘selfie’ Year!
Welcome 2014!

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[31 Dec 2013 | No Comment | 58 views]
My 2013 quotes


On Dec 31st, the last day of 2013, let me post various quotes I made in the year of 2013. Yes, I still am doing it — making random snarky quotes that is!
Happy Dec 31st! Enjoy!

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[31 Dec 2012 | 3 Comments | 144 views]
Year 2012 in [Lim's] Quotes


Here are some quotes I wrote in 2012.
On trashing: In today’s world people don’t throw trash away. They make it to tv shows, facebook status updates, and twitter.

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[28 Dec 2012 | 10 Comments | 251 views]
Steiner, 1993 & Lim, 2012: Dog on the Internet


Left: A cartoon by Peter Steiner, published by The New Yorker on 5 July 1993
Right: A cartoon by Merlyna Lim, 2012


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[23 Aug 2012 | 2 Comments | 693 views]
[Publication] Life Is Local in the Imagined Global Community


“… In grappling with multiple identities and multiple realities, the reality of everyday life is experienced as reality par excellence.  Micro narratives that are closer to the everyday life experience are embraced more openly, resulting in the plurality of voices, allowing for differences, nuances, and even counter-hegemonic voices. The closer to home the issue resonates, the more conversations take place. Life is local, even in the global blogosphere.”