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Mar 24

What I think about social media and the upcoming Indonesian elections

The Australian Associated Press emailed me asking my views on the role of social media in this year’s Indonesian elections and the role of digital natives as first times voters.

My long answer below

I don’t think social media can make or break a candidate by itself. Presence on social networks certainly help raise their profiles but it also opens them up to attacks.

While use of social media in Indonesia seems massive, the majority of things I see about this upcoming election and even Indonesian elections in the past, is about making fun of elections and candidates.

The primary driver of political campaigns remains television. The influence of TV is still significantly much larger than the likes of Twitter or Facebook but TV and other “traditional” media also take their news from social media, therefore social media presence and activities can help spearhead the image or intention that the candidates want to project. Television can amplify what is being said or what is happening on social media.

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Mar 19

camh:

Welcome to the future.

Turn your hand over, dummy, you have an email.

Why are you looking at your watch while you’re holding your goddamn phone you dipshit. Look at your phone. Not the watch. The phone.

Fine. Be that way. Touch the watch with your only hand without technology. Consider buying another phone for your non-phone hand. Perhaps it’s lonely without a phone to hold.

You recorded this with your Google Glass, didn’t you?

Why am I even asking, of course you did.

camh:

Welcome to the future.

Turn your hand over, dummy, you have an email.

Why are you looking at your watch while you’re holding your goddamn phone you dipshit. Look at your phone. Not the watch. The phone.

Fine. Be that way. Touch the watch with your only hand without technology. Consider buying another phone for your non-phone hand. Perhaps it’s lonely without a phone to hold.

You recorded this with your Google Glass, didn’t you?

Why am I even asking, of course you did.

The First National Bank of GameStop -

jkottke:

An anonymous user of 4chan has come up with a brilliantly harebrained scheme for their personal banking. They use video game retailer GameStop as a bank.

Gamestop Bank

Here’s how it works: whenever a paycheck comes in, this person goes to GameStop and pre-orders a bunch of upcoming video games….

Mar 12

Non-Stop star Liam Neeson: 'I was asked to be James Bond but chose marriage instead' | Hull Daily Mailbox -

Probably an ordinary story and premise for an article but the approach and the storytelling here somehow fascinates me. The article is a profile of Liam Neeson, with him telling how his choice to marry the late Natasha Richardson cost him the chance to be James Bond but it wasn’t that big of a deal after all.

I’m just gonna leave it here for my writing reference.

Mar 11

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Mar 07

The 100 Greatest Free Fonts for 2014

Mar 04

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Feb 27

Indonesia's ITE Law Continues Its Path Against Freedom of Expression -

The Makassar attorney general’s office has decided to issue an arrest warrant for Muhammad Arsyad, an Indonesian anti-corruption activist, who was arrested in August 2013 for posting a BBM status which called Golkar politician and former head of Indonesian football association Nurdin Halid a corruptor and asked people not to vote for his brother.

Abdul Waris Halid was at that time planning to run for a legislative seat in this year’s election but was later forced to withdraw over inability to show police documents clearing him of any criminal convictions.

Nurdin Halid was actually convicted of corruption and sentenced to two years in prison in 2007 following allegations of overseeing the misuse of $18 million of Palm oil funds when he was the head of the state logistics agency in the 1990s.

Arsyad was reported to the police for libel over his BBM status by another Golkar politician, Abdul Wahab, and subsequently spent seven days in jail during which various organizations lobbied for his release.

Indonesia’s Electronic Information and Transaction Law (UU ITE) and its highly controversial article 27 paragraph 3 was used as the basis for his arrest. The law allows the arrest of anyone accused of defamation by electronic means. In other words, if you say something bad about someone on the internet or over SMS, you’re liable and may be arrested if reported. However, Indonesian law requires the subject of the alleged defamation to personally file the report. Since the person who filed the police report in this case was not the subject himself, the decision to arrest Arsyad in August and again on the 25th by the city of Makassar’s attorney general’s office is unlawful.

Indonesian media and various freedom of speech organizations have decried and denounced the law for violating people’s rights to freedom of speech and expression and brings Indonesia back to the era of former president Soeharto who ruled with an iron fist and clamped down any voice of dissent by force.

Feb 26

newsweek:

(via More people around the world have cell phones than ever had land-lines)

newsweek:

(via More people around the world have cell phones than ever had land-lines)

Feb 25

shortformblog:

tastefullyoffensive:

Appropriate shirt. [x]

Perfect.

shortformblog:

tastefullyoffensive:

Appropriate shirt. [x]

Perfect.