Posting Old Works – University’s Stuffs Part 7

Still a long way to go before I’m through with all these old works from my Uni days. It’s fun though. In a way, this reminds me of what it feels like to be a University student. All the subjects that I thought was hard….Now I just missed talking about those subjects. I guess I’m just (still) not ready to enter the real world. But, of course, I’ll make do. So, here we go, while I’m trying to make do, I’m posting old works to help me pass my time in the real world. Part 7!!!

P.S.: This one is from my Basic Paradigm of Cultural Studies or BPCS class. I talked about the internet, but I can’t seem to recall what was the exact assignment for this essay that I ended up with the topic : Internet. Hmm…

Basic Paradigms of Cultural Studies

– INTERNET –

Eugenia Lupita – 11410023

Many people must have heard about internet. In fact, almost all people nowadays are very familiar with this technology, because they use it for daily use. The internet has become the biggest necessity of ones’ life now. Actually, what is internet? Internet is a global system of interconnected computer networks that use the standard Internet protocol suite to serve billions of users worldwide. The origin of internet was from a research commissioned by the United States government in collaboration with private commercial interests to build robust, fault-tolerant, and distributed computer networks back in 1960s.[1] However, even though it was created back in the 60s, internet started to be popular among the people in 1990s. Many people started to use internet and then it continued to grow. In Indonesia, internet grew especially in the year from 1992-1994.[2] This growth in the new technology in the Indonesian society allows people to be able to communicate with each other better and faster. Internet also opens the gate to more efficient information sharing.

This phenomenon is one of the popular cultures in early 90s’ Indonesia. One of the most significant effects is the shift in the information sharing and communication. Internet becomes the gate of information. People can find almost all kinds of information in the internet. Aside from the numbers of information that can be found in the internet, it is also easier for people to get it. Rather than looking for materials in the library or the bookstore, people can simply search the internet. People’s lifestyle starts changing from buying materials to downloading it. This phenomenon also changes the way of thinking in Indonesian society. People start to get used to the easy way of getting information without really trying to get it the hard way. This mostly affects the teenagers or the 1990s kids. They are the generation that grows up with the new culture of internet. They do not share the same culture as their parents anymore. Instead of looking for a book, they can simply download the e-book now.

The other effect is the improvement of communication. People in the era of the internet start to know about e-mails and chat rooms. They can talk to almost anyone in the world who has an e-mail account. The communication system at that time was experiencing a big outbreak in terms of speed and the range of distance. If before the internet people have telephone, now people have e-mails and chat rooms. For example, the most popular e-mail at that time was Plasa or the chat room that was popular at that time was MIRC. Almost all of the 90s kids have experienced using either Plasa or MIRC. With all these communication tools, the people’s horizon expanded greatly. They can interact with all kinds of people from all parts of the world, where before it looks like an impossible thing to do. The 90s kids are still the mostly effected generation, as mentioned above. They are more exposed to the various cultures from other countries and thus more open minded than their parents.

I also think that the idea of those holding the power shift a little because of the internet. Before the internet comes, the source of information is quite limited. Not as open as after we start to use internet. Because of the limited information source, people tend to just accept what the ‘upper’ people say. It is also very hard to express ones’ feelings because of the limited means of communication tools. After the use of internet, people can get a lot more information not only from inside the country but also from the foreign country. There are also the social media that makes people be able to say what they feel and thought easily. So, I think the power is not solely in the government or the ‘upper’ people anymore, but even ‘common’ people start to have that power too.

The internet has changed the lives and culture of many people. With the internet, I think that the 1990s is the turning point. All of the effect above cannot really be defined as an immediate effect that happen in the 1990 but those effects are more like the long-term effect. Internet coming to the world and to Indonesia has become the trigger of those changes in the society. Mostly, the internet has changed the communication and information system in Indonesia, and thus brings the change in the ones holding the power.

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet

[2] http://id.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sejarah_Internet_Indonesia

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