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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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“… 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.”
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.
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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This is not an in-depth analysis. Just a rant for now.
The day Mubarak fell, NBC News chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel Tweeted the photo below, telling the world about an Egyptian protester holding a sign that said, “Thank you, Facebook.” The photo has been viral since then and has become a powerful symbol prompting the causal-effect of social media for democracy.
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My article entitled “Cyber-Urban Activism and Political Change in Indonesia” has just been published in Re:Activism issue of the Eastbound.
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Can one imagine what possible relationship can emerge between jamu (Indonesian traditional herbal medicine) and cellular-phones? These two objects, jamu and cell-phones, never popped up simultaneously in my mind, until I saw an advertisement posted in Kere Kemplu’s blog (he has a superb, smart and hilarious blog about various socio-cultural issues of Indonesian society).