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Charisma and Social Media in Indonesian Politics

Nadzir, Ibnu; Rastati, Ranny; (2020) Charisma and Social Media in Indonesian Politics. Jurnal Masyarakat dan Budaya , 22 (2) pp. 177-196. 10.14203/jmb.v22i2.1063. Green open access

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Abstract

The ability to exploit social media to develop political charisma has become essential for aspiring Indonesian politicians. Social media is even more crucial for those who competes in urban areas, where its citizens has better access on digital technology. Nevertheless, despite the entanglement, study on the function of social media to develop political charisma is still relatively nascent. In this regards, the article explores the way politicians employ social media to get and maintain their power. How do social media affordances enabled politicians to manufacture political charisma? To what extent, political charisma developed on social media enabled politicians to influence their followers? To answer these problem, the article draws from the political trajectory of Ridwan Kamil, Governor of West Java, whose political persona relies heavily on his personal use of social media. Based on digital observation and several in-depth interviews, the article proposes three arguments: First, social media affordances enabled politician to construct political charisma based on multiple representations within a short period of time. Second, the infrastructure of social media has reinforced the blurry lines between personal and public matters in politics. Third, the influence of charisma developed through social media is constrained by social and political contexts.

Type: Article
Title: Charisma and Social Media in Indonesian Politics
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.14203/jmb.v22i2.1063
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.14203/jmb.v22i2.1063
Language: English
Additional information: © 2020 The Author(s). Published by LIPI Press. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/).
Keywords: digital, social media, charisma, politicians, Indonesia
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Anthropology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10151275
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