After standing in line for hours, it was finally my turn. I was one of thousands of high schoolers who were queuing to register for the national entrance examination for public universities. I wished to be admitted in the best technical university in Indonesia. My very smart eldest brother, who applied to the same university … Continue reading Being Lim
In preparing an essay for the month of May, where Indonesia marks the 20 years of "Reformasi", I came across what the-much-younger-me published 16 years ago -- my first publication, in my pre-doctoral-program-life, written while I was in nomad. I re-read it for the first time since it was published. Relieved to find out that … Continue reading #Reformasi@20: The Internet and Politics in Indonesia
April is the National Poetry Month in Canada as well as in the US (and probably other places, too). This month, some 18 American contemporary writers chose to compose words that give voice to pictures . They have composed poems inspired by different artworks in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.* Fascinating!!! Echoing them, here is … Continue reading Words. Pictures. Voice.
Back in October, I was interviewed by Lisa Takahashi from the Jackson's Art. Not as a scholar, researcher, or professor, but as an artist. Below is an opening paragraph from the interview. Merlyna Lim won the People’s Choice Award in our Urban Sketching Competition back in July. Her sketch of Cadiz was an ambitious composition … Continue reading Artist Interview
The media lab I'd been working on for years was finally launched on September 18th, 2017. It is called ALiGN Media Lab -- ALiGN is short for Alternative Global Network. The launch went well, attended by colleagues, (future) partners, students, and friends. It was quite an adventure to prepare for the launch itself. But beyond … Continue reading ALiGN Media Lab
The Conversation just published my short essay entitled “Beyond fake news: social media and market-driven political campaigns”. This essay is a summary of a much longer and comprehensive article, titled “Freedom to Hate: social media, algorithmic enclaves, and the rise of tribal nationalism in Indonesia,” published in Critical Asian Journal. The short essay is also … Continue reading Beyond fake news: social media and market-driven political campaigns
"The Jakarta gubernatorial election, held earlier this year, was perhaps the most divisive and bitterly fought campaign seen in modern Indonesian politics. Social media and the internet played a large role in the campaign, which was characterised by racism and sectarianism. But how much can we blame the internet for the bitterness of the campaign … Continue reading Podcast: social media, politics and the ‘freedom to hate’
A couple weeks ago, I submitted one of my sketches to a sketching competition. I don't know why I did that. Probably because it was very easy to participate. No complicated criteria, no fee, and the submission was done in just a couple minutes. Also, I thought, nothing to lose, it'd be just fun. This … Continue reading Sketching Cadiz, Costa de la Luz
Sometimes, when emotion runs high, I take a really long walk, daydream, debate with myself, and then write a lot. Oh well, probably "write a lot" needs to be expanded to: sleep, write, write, write, sleep, sleep, sleep :-D. My latest article article was produced in one of such moments. Of course, this situation is … Continue reading Freedom to Hate: Social Media, Algorithmic Enclaves, and the Rise of Tribal Nationalism in Indonesia
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