Proceedings of the International Joint Conference on Arts and Humanities (IJCAH 2020)

The New Normal Way in the Post-Truth Politics: Reinterpreting the Concept of New Normal in Indonesian Mainstream Daily Newspaper

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Ali Mustofa
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Ali Mustofa
Available Online 3 December 2020.
DOI
https://doi.org/10.2991/assehr.k.201201.144How to use a DOI?
Keywords
New normal, post-truth, politics, upside-down, legitimate
Abstract

The term “the new normal” emerges in the time of the spread of the coronavirus disease pandemic in 2019 (Covid-19) in Indonesia and other various parts of the world. The terminology is interesting to study since it opens up various perspectives that head off to several important areas of people’s lives such as social, economic, political, and cultural. More importantly, when the terminology is framed in hoax news, the disruptive situation may continue to the heating arguments during the pandemic. The new normal way in this paper is considered as a political strategy used by policymakers to “normalize” an understanding that previously became something frightening namely “infection” which implicates to certain meaning by a set of protocols or strategies that are massive and patterned. By using the term “the new normal”, it is as if the existence of a scary and a terrible virus becomes “neutralized” and “normalized”. The present paper describes the normal way which was introduced by the Indonesian government in mainstream newspapers, Kompas, published in late May 2020 to early August 2020. The discussion and the findings of the problem found out that the normal way was propaganda used “to accustom” as well as “to legitimate” that the discourse of Covid-19 is a part of and at the same time to live together with the virus which makes it a no longer scary entity. In the post-truth political view, this situation is a reversal of facts which becomes the agenda of cultural transformation in creating a new state of “new equilibrium”.

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Volume Title
Proceedings of the International Joint Conference on Arts and Humanities (IJCAH 2020)
Series
Advances in Social Science, Education and Humanities Research
Publication Date
3 December 2020
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978-94-6239-285-4
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2352-5398
DOI
https://doi.org/10.2991/assehr.k.201201.144How to use a DOI?
Copyright
© 2020, the Authors. Published by Atlantis Press.
Open Access
This is an open access article distributed under the CC BY-NC license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/).

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