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