Pemateri: Emma Baulch
(Senior Research Fellow School of Media and Communciations
Creative Industries Faculty Queensland University of Technology)
Judul: Mobile Indonesians: Social Differentiation and Digital Literacies in The 21st Century
15 Januari 2015
Ruang Sidang 1 FIB UGM – Pukul 13.00
The talk will be presented by Emma Baulch and Jerry Watkins , co-investigators on the research project ‘Mobile Indonesians: social differentiation and digital literacies in the 21st century’, funded by the Australian Research Council. In the talk, Emma and Jerry will present their preliminary findings from their research into the roles of mobile phones in two areas of public communication in Indonesia, pertaining to public health (particularly HIV outreach) and popular culture, respectively. The widespread uptake of mobile phones in recent years has the capacity to enhance HIV outreach workers ability to collect and analyse public health data, and by extension, to empower locally based community health organisations to monitor and evaluate their programs, and to input national level policies. The same popularisation of mobile phones has also shaped consumption of popular culture in new ways, with new political consequences. Mobile phones not only enhance the political power invested in pop idols, but also render the socio-cultural implications of consuming pop much more complex and diffuse. Emma and Jerry will briefly talk about these two case studies in their research into mobile phones, with a view to provoking a discussion about new research agenda pertaining to Indonesian digital society.