Gee, my last blog post was posted a year ago. Is it really that long time ago? 😉
Imagine that one day you were just watching television and suddenly heard news about a missing plane. And you were oblivious to the fact that someone in that plane was your loved one. Minutes later, you saw a familiar name in the list of passengers. Suddenly it felt like someone had knocked all the air out of you. You went numb. Your heart sank. And your blood ran cold. All at the same time. Those cliche phrases that you thought only exist in a fiction suddenly turned real. Worse, in your next minutes, hours, and days, that very same television screen would replay the tragedy over and over again, scene by scene, bits by bits, like a never ending nightmare. Continue reading No comment
On November 6th, 2014, I delivered the Canada Research Chair public inaugural lecture entitled: “Roots, Routes & Routers: Social Media and Urban Activism from the Arab Spring to Hong Kong”.
I managed to merge the actual recording of my lecture and the slideshow I prepared for and had shown during the lecture. So, here it is (the prezi is accessible through this link, but it’s also embedded below). Click “start prezi” button and then click the button on the left corner to listen to the audio.
Unlike this light 10 minutes speech of mine, this one is based on years of comprehensive research and rather long.
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Sometime ago, my university’s Vice Provost asked me to deliver a speech at the Passion for Research luncheon — an annual luncheon to celebrate excellence in research. Without thinking too much I said yes. Continue reading [Lim’s 10-min-speech] A traveling professor
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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 — and 50 million of those are eligible to vote. There’s a very active social media landscape in Indonesia, and the social media activism community there is particularly vibrant. Continue reading An Outsized Role for Social Media in the Indonesian Election
The word democracy literally means governance by the people, where sovereignty is in the hands of the people. This is opposed to such concepts as autocracy or oligarchy, where power is held by individuals and small groups. The 2014 presidential elections differ from previous elections not because of parties and their attributes. Continue reading The New Indonesia
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. Continue reading Vote for Virtue and Wisdom, According to Dead Philosophers