Proceedings of the 19th Annual International Conference on Islamic Studies, AICIS 2019, 1-4 October 2019, Jakarta, Indonesia

Research Article

Hoax, Millennial generation, and Social Media in the Indonesian Democratic Circle

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/eai.1-10-2019.2291695,
        author={N  Faizah},
        title={Hoax, Millennial generation, and Social Media in the Indonesian Democratic Circle},
        proceedings={Proceedings of the 19th Annual International Conference on Islamic Studies, AICIS 2019, 1-4 October 2019, Jakarta, Indonesia},
        publisher={EAI},
        proceedings_a={AICIS},
        year={2020},
        month={2},
        keywords={hoax millennial generation social media and democracy},
        doi={10.4108/eai.1-10-2019.2291695}
    }
    
  • N Faizah
    Year: 2020
    Hoax, Millennial generation, and Social Media in the Indonesian Democratic Circle
    AICIS
    EAI
    DOI: 10.4108/eai.1-10-2019.2291695
N Faizah1,*
  • 1: Institut Agama Islam Qomaruddin (IAIQ) Gresik, Jalan Raya Bungah No. 01.Bungah Gresik 61152. Jawa Timur, Indonesia
*Contact email: nurfaizah@iaiqomaruddin.ac.id

Abstract

The presence of social media is indeed like opium for the millennial generation, in using social media. Even social media at this time can be called a basic need. The space for our democracy is at stake with the rampant incitement of hatred and hoax. The lessons from twisting hatred affect a lot of things, ranging from electoral affairs (fear manipulation as a political campaign strategy), social affairs (marginalization of vulnerable groups), up to ideological question. The line between facts and fiction can often become blurry in these social media spaces, and being not able to distinguish between reality and fantasy can have important consequences in the lives of young Internet users. They are using contemporary examples from news stories, fun fiction, advertising, and radicalization. This article outlines the features, affordances, and real-life implications of hoax for the millennial generation. Recent contentions about "fake news" and misinformation online have shed light on the critical need for media literacy on a global scale. Media literacy can be used to create awareness and empower millennial generation in warding off hoaxes in the Indonesian democratic circle.