This blog is for sharing the experiences and preliminary findings of a graduate student conducting a year and a half of ethnographic fieldwork in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
The research aims to shed light on the role of the Internet, especially social networking sites, on the life of an urban neighbourhood that claims the title of one of Indonesia’s first Internet-saturated communities. Kampoeng Cyber, which translates from the Indonesian language to roughly “cyber village”, is inhabited by approximately 125 ordinary citizens who mostly identify as Javanese. In contrast to Indonesia’s low Internet penetration rates, 75-80% of households in this neighbourhood enjoy low-cost, high-speed cable Internet as a result of an ongoing independent initiative by its residents.
This is an effort to contribute to the growing body of knowledge on the place of the Internet and social media in everyday lives. It is a forum through which I hope to share and develop fledgling ideas, and to benefit from discussion and debate. Readers are encouraged to comment, post, and debate.
Jessika Tremblay is a PhD candidate in the department of anthropology at the University of Toronto, Canada.