Feeling overwhelmed by the news when the world is falling apart as we know it? Same

If you’ve been actively surfing social media and keeping tabs on the latest happenings from these past couple of months, we can both probably agree that 2020 has been an “eventful” year to say the very least. That being said, keeping up with the latest happenings gets super exhausting after a while. In this year alone, we pretty much went from rampant bush fires, the possibility of an all-out war, riots, a global pandemic, even more lies in politics (never a surprise), and even the apparent rise of institutional racism. The world is practically falling apart as we know it, but here’s a short piece on staying sane in the craziest of times.

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.