Media, Culture, and Politics in Indonesia is about the institutions and policies that determine what Indonesians write, read, watch, and hear. It covers the print media, broadcast radio and television, computers and the Internet, videos, films and music. This book argues that the texts of the media can be understood in two broad ways: as records of a "national" culture and political hegemony constructed by Suharto's New Order, or as contradictory, dissident, political and cultural aspirations that reflect the anxieties and preoccupations of Indonesian citizens. The authors explain what has escaped state control, not only by self-conscious resistance, but also because of the ownership patterns, technologies, and modes of consumption of media texts and institutions. The role of the media in the downfall of Suharto is examined and the legacy of his New Order is analysed. This dynamic and innovative text is suitable for all students of Indonesian languages and culture, Asian studies, Southeast Asian studies, cultural studies, media studies, and contemporary politics. Originally published by Cornell University in 2000, this book has now been reprinted in 2007 as part of the Equinox Classic Indonesia series.
Media, Culture & Politics in Indonesia
AuthorsSen, Krishna ; David T. Hill