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Algoritme Media Sosial yg tidak bebas nilai: Polarisasi & Politisasi Teknologi

Berawal dari flyer yg disebarkan Kaprodi Pasca Ilkom UI semalam di grup WA Pengumuman S3,

saya tertarik mengikuti kuliah umum yang dibawakan Prof. Merlyna Lim (Canada Research Chair in Digital Media & Global Network Society, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada) terkait topik “Algoritme & Politik Media Sosial.”

Topik ini sebelumnya pernah disampaikan beliau lewat pidato yg impresif dalam Event Pidato Tahunan Dewan Kesenian Jakarta tahun 2021 (dapat dilihat di sini videonya https://youtu.be/mh9nydACB1U).

Topik yg kurang lebih mirip juga pernah beliau sampaikan setahun sebelumnya (di sini: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zboFFpzX1ys).

Setelah mencermati beberapa pokok gagasan yang beliau bagikan, seperti tergambar berikut ini:

saya mengajukan pertanyaan berikut ini lewat Room Chat (menggunakan bahasa Inggris bukan karena gagah2an tapi memang karena Kuliah Umum ini dibawakan beliau menggunakan bahasa Inggris jadi saya act accordingly to respect her & the Committee)

Thank you Prof. Merlyna Lim for your thoughtful sharing. I want to ask a question regarding the nature of the Algorithm which is binary. Can we, as scholars, do something about it, such as counter-act or other things? Is the social networks of hope, as you mention, be realizable within the algorithmic social media environment?

Prof. Merlyna Lim kemudian menjawab secara cukup elaboratif (dalam waktu sekitar 2 menit). Berikut adalah resume yang saya buat untuk jawaban beliau:

“I believe that researchers should have a moral compass considering the common code that binds us & our research to be objective & scientific, I am not biased on regards with data, but I am morally biased, … it is our responsibility as scholars to be in, like a public engagement with the socio-political issue at hand, therefore we may avoid perpetuating the reductionist side of knowledge to justify any views that are perpetuating the polarization. It is our responsibility to make social networks of hope become possible such as collaborating with policymakers, academist counteracts/counter-movement. academics working with activists and policymakers, alone we can’t do anything. we can influence the discourse to be more democratic, we can demand corporations to be more transparent, or to be a watchdoc in terms of social media misuse.”

Demikian sekilas hasil pengamatan & catatan pribadi saya untuk kuliah umum yang dibawakan Prof. Merlyna Lim pagi ini.

Terimakasih Prof. Merlyna Lim.

Terimakasih juga kepada Panitia Penyelenggara dari Departemen Ilmu Komunikasi Universitas Padjajaran, khususnya kepada Moderator Dr. Kunto Wibowo.

salam sehat & produktif!

Hendar Putranto

By Hendar Putranto

I am a doctorate student in Communication Science, FISIP Universitas Indonesia, starting in 2019. Hope this blog fulfills my studious passion to communicate?

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