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[4 Sep 2014 | 2 Comments | 48 views]
An Outsized Role for Social Media in the Indonesian Election

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An excerpt of my interview with The Asia Digital Life (original link is here)
by: Patrick Sharbaugh (@psharbaugh)
Social media and digital platforms played a massive role in Indonesia’s historic presidential election earlier this month. With the official result still out, I talked to Asian Internet scholar Merlyna Lim about how Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, and innovative open-sourced platforms for crowdsourcing election monitoring and the vote count made this election unique.
A few highlights of our conversation:
Of 255 million citizens in Indonesia (which makes it the world’s third largest democracy) there are over 77 million citizens online …

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[31 Dec 2012 | 3 Comments | 149 views]
Year 2012 in [Lim's] Quotes

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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 | 266 views]
Steiner, 1993 & Lim, 2012: Dog on the Internet

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

HAPPY NEW YEAR, FOLKS!

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[23 Aug 2012 | 2 Comments | 700 views]
[Publication] Life Is Local in the Imagined Global Community

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“… 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.”

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[11 Jul 2011 | 3 Comments | 4,566 views]
Slate.com: Tahrir Square Was a Foreseeable Surprise?

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Slate Magazine asked me to provide a short essay on the social media and Egypt revolt as part of my forthcoming talk in DC, so I did, here it is: http://www.slate.com/id/2298948/.
Meanwhile, please find below the longer version — unedited one.
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The emergence of online collective actions has driven much attention and recently made headlines based on what has transpired politically in Egypt, Libya, Syria, Tunisia, and other countries in the Middle East and North Africa. However, there is very little research devoted to deepen our understanding of this phenomenon. Our knowledge on …

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[22 Dec 2010 | 7 Comments | 2,912 views]
What I learned from my mom — Mother’s Day

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Today is Mother’s day in Indonesia, so I’ll dedicate this posting to my mom.
What does my mother mean to me? Without doubt I can say that she had been the source of my basic knowledge. She taught me everything I needed to become a professor!  She even projected me to be one! Do you believe it? OK, I’ll try to convince you by making my case below.
I learned logic from my mom when she yelled, “Stop jumping on and off the couch. If you fall and break your neck, you’d …

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[20 Sep 2010 | 8 Comments | 2,848 views]
Mrs Lincoln’s Cheese-Cake

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“Honey, here is cheese-cake for us!” My husband showed up in the kitchen with something in his hands.
“What? Cheesecake? From the backyard?” I was surprised.
“Abraham Lincoln handed this to me. It was baked by Mrs. Lincoln!”
“How nice! I guess we have become their real neighbors!”
Abraham Lincoln, that’s a nickname we gave to our next door neighbor. His tall, thin-stature, and beard, makes him aesthetically iconic, resembles that of Abe Lincoln. I always imagine him walking around with a bow tie, wearing a long black coat with tails and a tall …

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[25 May 2006 | No Comment | 1 views]

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….after bahasa problem…. here is another grouchy posting about a chronic abuse of certain words…
Some words still maintain similar/same meaning when they are shortened. Some don’t.

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[20 May 2006 | No Comment | 1 views]

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I, too often, hear non-Indonesians refer to Indonesian language as bahasa. “Do you speak bahasa?” foreigners in Indonesia ask each other.

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[29 Apr 2006 | No Comment | 1 views]

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One of my heroes of all time, Jane Jacobs, died April 25, in Toronto. She was known as a writer and activist who condemned urban-renewal efforts for devastating inner-city neighborhoods. Jane Jacobs, who had an initial reputation as being radical, was also a very influential thinker on city planning.