Telegram and Social Media Radicalism

SOME days ago, news about social media came back. This time, Telegram became the subject of conversation. Telegram is a free, non-profit, cloud-based service for messaging and exchange of video, audio, photos, and various archives or files.

The Government of Indonesia, through the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, has blocked the service, though not thoroughly. The new service is blocked at the computer and mobile browser level. However, it is still accessible in mobile app services.

The reason the government blocked Telegram's service was that the service contained a lot of propaganda of radicalism, terrorism, hate, how to assemble bombs, how to attack, disturbing images, etc. This was revealed by the Director General of Applications and Informatics Kemenkominfo, Semuel Abrijani Pangerapan through an official statement received KompasTekno, Friday (14/7).

Basically, this blocking is a serious warning from the government to Telegram. This is done after the effort to communicate with Telegram by Kemenkominfo did not get response. Government efforts finally attracted the attention of the Telegram. Telegram CEO Pavel Durof has apologized, although he previously admitted to not knowing that Kemenkominfo has been trying to contact them since 2016.

Telegram cases seem to connect cases of the use of social media in extreme and radical matters. To prevent forget, last May it was reported that Facebook-Google-Twitter accused of helping ISIS. In the same month, our attention was drawn by the announcement of the reality show version of the Hunger Games movie.

Not to mention, the rape case of a woman in Uppsala, Sweden, was published live on Facebook. In March, a 15-year-old girl from Chicago, United States, was brutally raped by 5 or 6 men. This incident was published live on Facebook that was watched by 40 people.

In April, a 74-year-old former can collector was shot randomly by a man in Cleveland, USA. The gunman then uploaded the killing video on Facebook that had lasted for 3 hours before being censored. He was later found dead suicide.

In late April, a Thai man killed his own son and published it live on Facebook. He then killed himself. Two pieces of video that he uploaded could last for about 24 hours before censored. The first video has been watched 112,000 times and the second video is 258,000 times. In fact, both pieces of the video had been uploaded on YouTube, Google, and then censored 15 minutes later.

In Indonesia, similar cases have occurred. In March, a man publishes a live process he hanged himself. The incident occurred in South Jakarta.

The positive contribution of the internet, specifically social media, in the world of inter-personal communication is indisputable. However, they also accommodate extreme possibilities in the private and social life of human beings. Let us examine some of the revolutionary concepts behind the birth of the Internet with all its possibilities.

World Concept Revolution

The Internet has revolutionized the way humans see the world. In Mesopotamian, Egyptian and Ancient Greece, the world is described as a flat object. However, Pythagoras, Plato, and Aristotle declared that the earth is round. They are also from the Ancient Greek Culture. However, they are a representation of the birth of critical philosophical thought that began to undermine the authority of myth and mythology. A more empirical proof from the point of view of navigation science, that the world is round, only appeared around the 16th century.

However, the modern age with radical transportation revolution has changed the way people view the world. Though the world is a real world, but metaphorically, the world is experienced as a flat space. The reason is that modern transportation systems have revolutionized the distance, time, and mode of transportation. Which used to take years and months, now only count of hours and minutes.

A world that is metaphorically perceived as flat, then radically revolutionized by the Internet into an unformed network. The world is now experienced as an abstract network. This network has now connected people to each other globally.

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