PRODUCING SOCIAL SPACE THROUGH MEDIA: A STUDY OF SEMIOTICS OF SPACE ON POSMETRO.CO

Chatarina Komala, Himawan Pratama

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Abstract

The media 'industry' stage is not free of value. Media supports its ideology and reveals it in a form of news not only in the cultural, economic, political aspects but also in the religious aspect. The website of Posmetro.co (now Posmetro.info) is one of the internet media websites that often publishes articles based on religion with a big number of its page shares. It is undeniable that media does have the ability to change something private to become public and the community that culturally have the potential to identify themselves in a certain group (in group or out group). With the framework of Peirce and the space semiotic concept belonging to Danesi, this study attempts to understand how the signifier (iconic, indexical, and symbolic) contained in the articles of the Posmetro website and the meaning (signified) as well as the motive create two spaces (groups) conflicting one another. Through the religious content articles, this study also shows the fact that besides having a significant role in the democracy in Indonesia, a number of media industries also live as the system that governs and rules. The results show that there are the use of religious terms, the position of perpetrator-victim, and the tendency of quoting the source persons as the effort to legitimate opinions agreeable with the purpose of the articles to create space for the readers. Meanwhile, the research results are expected to be able to provide contribution to community, particularly in understanding the motive and content writing, and selecting content based on the truth, verification, and objectivity. Moreover, this study is expected to be able to contribute more knowledge to mass media, especially in anticipating conflicts in certain domains.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventICOLLITE (International Conference on Language, Literature, Culture, and Education) - ID, Bandung, Indonesia
Duration: 1 Jan 2017 → …
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Conference

ConferenceICOLLITE (International Conference on Language, Literature, Culture, and Education)
CountryIndonesia
CityBandung
Period1/01/17 → …
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Keywords

  • semiotics, semiotics of space, online media, cyber space, politics, pilkada, media industry.

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