The Representation of Women as Folk Devils in Indonesian Online Media: Mother Killers

Djundjung, Jenny Mochtar and Meilinda, (2013) The Representation of Women as Folk Devils in Indonesian Online Media: Mother Killers. In: TUICOSH Trunojoyo University International Conference on Social and Humanities, 20-11-2013 - 20-11-2013, - .

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    This paper aims to discuss the ways the Indonesian online media present some groups of women as #65533folk devils#65533, people who are labeled as deviant to the social norms and convention. With the ongoing popularity of online media in Indonesia, it has a great role in identifying and creating women as #65533folk devils#65533, such as mother killers, women in relationships with younger or married men, girl gangs, and sexy dangdut singers. The conventional assumption that media is objective and apolitical in its journalism is challenged as in fact the media is bias and political in the ways it selects news that are presented to its readers. The criteria used to select news are in line with the operating ideologies that are designed to hegemonize, using the trivial and common sense to create truth. The increasing number of online media readership, makes online media a perfect means to create a particular #65533truth#65533 about women who are deemed to be #65533folk devils#65533. Using Stanley Cohen#65533s concept on #65533folk devils#65533, this paper analyzes online news reports on the phenomena of #65533mother killers#65533 in Indonesian to identify the media bias in creating the #65533truth#65533 about these women. In a way, the online media in Indonesia has elected itself as social guardian and controller over the #65533folk devils#65533 to maintain the existing structure of the Indonesian society.

    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Keywords: mother killers, online media, #65533folk devils#65533, social control, hegemony, truth
    Subjects: P Language and Literature > PE English
    Divisions: Faculty of Letter > English Department
    Depositing User: Admin
    Date Deposited: 03 Jul 2014 20:07
    Last Modified: 11 Sep 2014 21:20
    URI: http://repository.petra.ac.id/id/eprint/17443

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