Research Journal

Like most of the class, I am going through sources that might be of use, but still conceptualizing my analysis of Indonesian memes and what they say about Indonesians’ sensibilities about their government and justice. So in moving forward, my understanding of a key resource I will use is that in order for motive or intent of the spectacle to be clear, one must deconstruct it (Constructing the Political Spectacle). I planned on analyzing the different parts of the memes and what they symbolize generally, but what Edelman theorizes has more to do with politics/mystifications used by politicians rather than attitudes of the people. I might look elsewhere for a resource that I can rely on more heavily, but this seems a good fit for the time being.

I am still struggling with a method or process for analyzing something as subjective as a graphic/meme to determine intent or symbol, but I think that most of examples I have are straight forward enough to be able to theorize what the linkage is. I would begin by providing some historical context in light of strides Indonesia has made since the 60s and 70s with regard to media and then explain the significance of social media as a means by which people can share information.

What do the graphics/memes shared by Indonesians via social media tell us about their attitudes concerning government and justice? – this could be a central question

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Wyoming born and raised, but live to be away, native speaker of Uhmerikan, lover of most things Indonesian, born-again graduate student, research minion at the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs

2 comments on “Research Journal

  1. corine.sponcia on said:

    I love your topic! I would have never thought to look at memes, but what a great way to decipher how/what people feel about certain issues. I feel like memes just became a big hit and they symbolize issues that citizens are concerned about. I think your central question is good, but you’re right this is really subjective material. Nonetheless, I think it is an appropriate topic and question, since memes have become a major source of communication.

  2. kendhammer on said:


    I’ve been wracking my brain all break to figure out some readings to suggest to you. The study of memes (so to speak) is quite new to political science, although there’s a long history of offering cultural interpretations of political symbols. I think the best thing for us to do would be to have a chat sometime this coming week. If I understand a bit more clearly what question you’re asking, I can probably come up with something more useful.

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