Title: Mediating Society: Activism and Journalism in Myanmar, Indonesia, Taiwan and China
Presentation Type: Panel Presentation
Nobuto Yamamoto, Keio University, Japan (organizer, presenter)
Violet Valdez, Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines (presenter)
Chang-de Liu, National Chengchi University, Taiwan (presenter)
Elizabeth Chandra, Keio University, Japan (chair)
Rapid innovation of information technology has changed the ways by which people obtain information and make sense of their society. In the era of digital media, citizens increasingly gain broader access to information whether they live in a democratic or authoritarian regime. The proliferation of access and information however appears to have come at the cost of quality. This panel explores how media environments in Asian countries – specifically Myanmar, Indonesia, Taiwan, and China – have been transformed by both technology and politics, and how they, in turn, engender new social awareness. In democratizing Myanmar non-governmental organizations (NGOs) used films to promote human rights issues; while in democratic Indonesia the social media has transformed racial relations and, by extension, the discourse on racism. With regard to artificial intelligence (AI), democratic Taiwan has misgivings about its deployment in news production, whereas authoritarian China is more receptive to it, emphasizing its supposed neutrality. This panel offers a unique synthesis of scholarship on media, activism, and journalism in four Asian nations.