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The good and bad of social media in information politics

  • Shadine Taufik

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Tue, September 29 2020   /  01:00 am
Mobile talks: German cultural center Goethe-Intitute Indonesien holds an Instagram live discussion on social media and its impact on democracy in Indonesia.(Goethe-Intitute Indonesien /-)

Critical thinking has never been more important than it is today, a time when people rely heavily on the internet and social media for information. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many people, including Indonesians, to self-isolate and work from home for months. This has made them rely on the internet for entertainment and information to an even greater extent than before. Digital platforms, such as social media, have become the only accessible mediums of safe, widespread communication. This dependence has become a point of interest for general observers and social researchers alike. German cultural center Goethe-Institut Indonesien hosted a talk on Sep. 10 to discuss the impact of internet dependency on democracy. Called Bingkis (Thursday Discussion), the talk featured media and culture researcher Roy Thaniago. Roy Thaniago. (Roy Thaniago/-) Roy covered the topics of ind...