TECH & MEDIA

Twitter can be the Best and the Worst Place on the Internet

What I love about Twitter the most is just the sheer speed of how information and content is being shared and how fast you can follow a trend. Depending on who you follow of course, the content you get is catered to you in various ways (that’s just how algorithms work). Sadly, with every positive side of things, there are always a few negatives. Weirdly enough, because information and content is shared so quickly, Twitter to me is a good mix of being both the best and the worst place on the internet and here’s a short rant on why I think so.

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.

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.

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