A Brief Look Into Indonesia’s Hidden Pandemic on Whatsapp: Fake News & Misinformation

If you’re in a family Whatsapp group chat, there’s a big chance that you’ve come across some of the weirdest and wackiest pieces of content to have ever been made. In other words, fake news (or to keep it simple, hoax). The word “hoax” itself is so ingrained within Indonesian social media that it’s pretty much become a buzzword that’s commented on any given post that presents some sort of statistic or claim. At the height of the pandemic and in the midst of self-quarantine, I asked my friends to send me some of the most absurd fake news messages they got in regards to COVID-19. I wanted to know more about what the World Health Organisation describes as an ongoing fight against an “infodemic” of fake news and misinformation. So here’s my brief look into the weird and dangerous world of misinformation during the pandemic.

Pudar Realita dalam Gejolak Kapitalisasi Media Sosial

Media sosial, suatu istilah yang tidak lagi asing di telinga pada era modern ini. Media sosial telah berkembang menjadi sesuatu yang tidak terpisahkan dari kehidupan masyarakat modern. Segala kegiatan manusia sekarang sudah terhubung dan saling terpengaruh dengan dunia maya. Hobi, aktivitas, rutinitas, interaksi, bekerja, transaksi, hingga mencari informasi hampir selalu dapat dilakukan melalui media sosial. Batas realita dan dunia maya masyarakat saat ini telah terbiaskan oleh pesona media sosial sebagai medium penyambung komunikasi antar manusia yang terasa efektif tanpa terlalu perlu mengkhawatirkan kondisi “waktu” dan “jarak”. Mungkin pesan ini coba disampaikan oleh Jose van Dijck pada pengantar bab pertamanya dalam The Culture of Connectivity: A Critical History of Social Media (2013). Judul bagian pertama dari buku ini adalah “Engineering Sociality in a Culture of Connectivity”, sebagai inisiasi pembahasan mengenai kultural historis dari kemunculan media sosial.

My Thoughts on the “Spiritual Influencers” Dominating Social Media

I’ve personally never heard of the term “spiritual influencers” up until a few months ago. A number of my friends online tend to share so many different content about well-being and manifesting that I wasn’t so sure what it all really meant

It’s Time we Push for an Indonesian Data Privacy Regulation, and Here’s Why you Should Care

A while back ago, the largest eCommerce platform in the country, Tokopedia suffered a data breach that led to the loss of 15 million user records. It was also revealed that the hackers kept the details of 91 million users up for sale on the dark web.