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Author Leong, Susan (Susan Mee Mee)

Title New media and the nation in Malaysia : Malaysianet / Susan Leong
Published London ; New York : Routledge, 2014
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Description 1 online resource (xvi, 163 pages) : illustrations
Series Routledge contemporary Southeast Asia series ; 63
Routledge contemporary Southeast Asia series ; 63
Contents 1. Social imaginaries -- 2. The nation, race and religion -- 3. Nation and internet -- 4. Malaysia and new media : the Multimedia Super Corridor -- 5. Users and non-users in the Malaysian social imaginary -- 6. The internet and Malaysia : new configurations?
Summary "In the four decades or so since its invention, the internet has become pivotal to how many societies function, influencing how individual citizens interact with and respond to their governments. Within Southeast Asia, while most governments subscribe to the belief that new media technological advancement improves their nation's socio-economic conditions, they also worry about its cultural and political effects. This book examines how these set of dynamics operate through its study of new media in contemporary Malaysian society. Using the social imaginary framework and adopting a socio-historical approach, the book explains the varied understandings of new media as a continuing process wherein individuals and their societies operate in tandem to create, negotiate and enact the meaning ascribed to concepts and ideas. In doing so, it also highlights the place of non-users in national technological policies. Through its examination of the ideation and development of Malaysia's Multimedia Super Corridor mega project to-date and reference to the seminal socio-political events of 2007-2012 including the 2008 General Elections, Bersih and Hindraf rallies, this book provides a clear explanation for new media's prominence in the multi-ethnic and majority Islamic society of Malaysia today"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 134-158) and index
Subject Digital media -- Government policy -- Malaysia
Digital media -- Social aspects -- Malaysia
Internet -- Government policy -- Malaysia
Internet -- Social aspects -- Malaysia
Digital media -- Social aspects.
Internet -- Government policy.
Internet -- Social aspects.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1134601255