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[27 Apr 2014 | 3 Comments | 205 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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[31 Dec 2013 | 8 Comments | 231 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 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 | 252 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.”

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[11 Jul 2011 | 3 Comments | 4,512 views]
Slate.com: Tahrir Square Was a Foreseeable Surprise?


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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[28 Feb 2011 | 6 Comments | 17,451 views]
[Research note] Revolution 2.0?


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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[14 Apr 2006 | No Comment | 1 views]


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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[18 Mar 2006 | 13 Comments | 1 views]


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).

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[3 Feb 2006 | 2 Comments | 1 views]


Re:activism conference addresses “what role social activism can play in the broad process in which emerging new media technologies transform existing structures of cultural, economic and political power.”