Come join the ANU ASEAN Society in collaboration with the Australia-Indonesia Youth Association and the Indonesian Students Association for our last public lecture of the year! We are fortunate to have two experts in the field, Dr. Ross Tapsell who will present an analysis of the Jakarta Election and the effect the new era of social media campaigning has on the election, along with Dr. Marcus Mietzner as the discussant.
The Jakarta election is widely seen as a testing ground for the presidential election campaign two years later. I explain how the leading campaign forces shifted from young, creative volunteers in 2012, more towards political parties and Islamic leaders and groups in 2017.
Jakarta remains the 'capital city' of Twitter, with more tweets coming from Indonesia's capital than any other city in the world, while Indonesia is the fourth largest nation on Facebook. But political discourse on 'sosmed' is not static. At a time of religious protests, netizens preferred to discuss Jokowi’s Zara jacket, or the blue umbrella he carried. Instagram, a largely apolitical space, is the fastest growing social media site in the country. After divisive presidential election of 2014, are Jakartans becoming less interested digital media campaigning? Or have debates/information now moved to Whatsapp groups?
The digital media space remains rambunctious and kaleidoscopic, but overall the Jakarta election campaign reflects worldwide trends where social media has become the ‘bad guy’, supporting fake news, sectarian views, and echo chambers of disinformat