Proceedings of the International Conference on Language Phenomena in Multimodal Communication (KLUA 2018)

Post-Truth and Echo Chamber Phenomena of Indonesian Social Media: Analysis of Political Contestation of Jokowi and Prabowo’s Supporters in Facebook

Authors
Moh. Gandhi Amanullah, Syahrur Marta Dwisusilo
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Moh. Gandhi Amanullah
Available Online July 2018.
DOI
https://doi.org/10.2991/klua-18.2018.14How to use a DOI?
Keywords
discourse analysis; Facebook; hate speech; hoax; logical fallacy; post-truth; propaganda; social media
Abstract

The political contestation of President Joko Widodo’s supporting team and the opposing team from Gerindra, Prabowo Subianto, is one of the big issues that attracts Indonesian society’s attention over the last four years, since 2014 until today (2018). The political contestation which should be receding after 2014 presidential election is apparently still heated up, especially in social media. The social media in internet, despite of having the positive sides, also bring the negative sides, that is becoming the fertile “field” to breed the post-truth and echo chamber phenomena. Post-truth is a phenomenon of a constructed information/message whose truth is extremely potential to be believed emotionally instead of objectively, although the fact is objectively wrong or fake, such as hoax, logical fallacy, hate speech, propaganda, and bullying. Meanwhile, echo chamber is a phenomenon of the entrance of social media users into an echo chamber which is filled merely by the information they prefer. This study aims at investigating how far the post-truth and echo chamber phenomena penetrate into Indonesian social media, and the object is the information or messages related to the political contestation of Jokowi and Prabowo’s supporters in Facebook. The employed approach is the qualitative approach and the employed analysis method is the discourse analysis. The results demonstrate that Indonesian social media has been penetrated by the post-truth and echo chamber phenomena. It is proved by the discovery of dozens of Facebook groups that are affiliated with Jokowi and Prabowo’s supporters as the echo chambers of the members. Each group is known to have high vulnerability of being penetrated by the post-truth phenomenon since the highest number of posts is dominated by the topics of propaganda, criticism, hate speech, and negative campaign toward each figure.

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Volume Title
Proceedings of the International Conference on Language Phenomena in Multimodal Communication (KLUA 2018)
Series
Advances in Social Science, Education and Humanities Research
Publication Date
July 2018
ISBN
978-94-6252-547-4
ISSN
2352-5398
DOI
https://doi.org/10.2991/klua-18.2018.14How to use a DOI?
Copyright
© 2018, 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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