The International Conference of Communication 2010 (TICOC2010)

Venue: Jakarta

Location: Jakarta, Indonesia, Indonesia

Event Date/Time: Nov 22, 2010 End Date/Time: Nov 23, 2010
Registration Date: Oct 01, 2010
Early Registration Date: Jun 30, 2010
Abstract Submission Date: Jun 30, 2010
Paper Submission Date: Oct 01, 2010
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The main theme consists of sub-themes. The themes raised range from theoretical and methodological to practical aspects. The themes are as follows:

1. New Perspectives in Communication Theory

The topic discusses the theory and development of communication models in the context of the digital age, including the relevant communication model involving digital media (e.g. person to person mediated communication, the para-social interactions with virtual agents, pseudo-social interaction with machines and so on). The panel can explore conflicts between the old and new approaches in communication. Theories about the impact of media as was pointed out by Bennett and Inyenger (2008) also experience a change. We have highly fragmented media. Audiences have thousands of choices. No more media and single force that could impose on the audience’s view. Because of the various and fragmented media, it is the audience who chooses media and not vice versa –audience dictated by media. Under such condition, it is most likely that the effect of media is not as has been described in the media effect theories in 1960s or 1970s.

2. New Perspectives in Media and Communication Research Methodology

The topic discusses the methodological challenges in the studies of digital media. Content analysis research on digital media, for example, must undertake some adjustments due to the difference in the content of the previous type of media. Research on practices of media production (such as media routine) may develop in the era of media that are specialized and scattered. Media convergence is also a challenge in communication studies in the future time.

3. Technology and Communication Policy

The topic discusses the policy and regulation in the field of digital communication and communication convergence, the main issues in the field of digital media policy (ranging from internet access, open sky policy, restrictions, media freedom, civil rights, control and censorship, etc.), evaluation on policies and regulations in the field of digital communication in Indonesia compared with those of other countries, also, trends and development of media regulation in the future. Another sub-topic that could be discussed is about the philosophical approach and comparison of communication regulation.

4. Media and the Digital Divide

The topic discusses the lame development of digital media. There are developed regions and groups of people who adapt with technology advancement; on the contrary, there are groups of people who are not able to access and adjust to the progress of digital media. The topic also discusses the digital divide map in Indonesia and its comparison with other countries. Another sub-topic that could be discussed in the panel is digital media and local context, the use of digital media by people with different cultural and socio-economic context, and the impact of digital media on rural residents. The panel also discusses how people with different backgrounds provide an understanding of new media in everyday life, and so on.

5. Communication and Democracy

The topic discusses the changes and impacts of internet and digital media in democracy. Democracy understood here is not limited only to procedural aspect in the political system, but it also covers civic culture, participation, political mobilization, and so on. The spread of messages, monitoring of citizens in government and public participation can change in the era of digital media. In this era, what the government does can be immediately found out and widely spread. The sub-topics that could be discussed in this panel are the quality of democracy(whether digital media can create quality of democracy and citizen participation for the better); political awareness among young people, media and human rights, conflict and crisis, and so on. Other sub-topics that could be discussed are the potential of Web 2.0 applications like social networking, blogging, etc. in the practice of democracy and citizen participation (e.g. “Buaya VS Cicak Case”, Prita Case, etc.), the impact of the communication network to a more democratic society, etc.

6. Political Communication

The topic discusses the development of theory and practice of political communication in the digital media era. The topic also discusses the changes of political actors, citizens of the old media to new media. The sub-topics that could be discussed in the panel are political elite communication strategies, communication campaigns, public sphere, the practice of digital media use in political communication, etc.

7. Asian Perspectives on Communication

The topic discusses the development of digital media in conjunction with the Asian perspective of communication. Some governments in Asia (like China) give a different response to the Western countries towards the development of digital media and internet. In some countries (like China, Malaysia or Indonesia) the existence of the discourse that the state should censor internet content materials is still being an issue. Instead, in the perspective of the Western states, citizens or individuals must be given full rights in choosing information provided by media. Is the different response indicating a difference in how Asia sees internet and communication as a whole, where Asian countries tend to focus on the aspect of unity and wholeness; meanwhile Western countries tend to see communication as units or parts, not integrating it as a unity.

8. Journalism and Media Industry

The topic discusses the development of journalism in relation to internet and digital media, differences in journalistic practices before and after the development of digital media, such as the emergence of citizen journalism, etc., changes in media routine, media production and consumption in the future, also the uses of communication technology in media journalism practices in Indonesia today. Other sub-topics that could be discussed in the panel are ethics of journalism in the era of digital media, media industry in the digital era, the phenomenon of the vanishing newspapers following the digital media era, newspapers’ responses to the occurrence, changes in the environment and media competition, innovation process and media transition from the old to the digital era,competition strategies and structures of global communications, the development of media industry model, media convergence and media organization, market, the impact of the communication industrial system as a whole, etc.

9. Communication Ethics and Media Responsibility

The topic discusses ethics on media and communications in the digital media era. Issues of ethics and responsibility are more important in the digital era than ever before. The issues talk about how media can present accurate, correct and comprehensive information, ethical issues of what often appears in the media and communication practices in the digital era. Panelists in this topic could explore the various sub-topics, among them are the conflict and dilemma between public interest and media ethics, media fairness and credibility, quality of content and standards of ethical principles, ethical issues in internet and cyber culture, visual communication and ethics, and so forth