Digitizing Local Trip: Global Connectivity of Spatial Narratives in Indonesian Web-Series


Indonesia’s local film creation has further flourished into many kinds of innovative narratives, giving them power to be autonomous and independent within Indonesia documentary/web-series industry. Popular Indonesian travel narratives emerge in an overflowing number, bringing the story of places in Indonesia within reach of global access. This paper will focus on a popular web-series Jalan Jalan Men!. JJM! has been running for 3 years in 3 separate releases on Youtube video sharing website. With familiar and unique style of travel presentation, JJM! exploits the constructed closeness with the places it presented and the story they narrated for young viewers. These narratives are originally designed, produced, and showcased to enhance the joy and appeal of travelling and promote the act of travel and its destinations. This paper will propose a reading of JJM! as result of de-construction of place/space connectivity and interactivity, in its relation with global digital distribution of not only the places of Indonesia but also filmic documentation of Indonesian tourist destinations. I will also pose important extended questions: how the power correlates with spatial, filmic, and narrative power over the places in West Java and Indonesian archipelago and in what form of power this web-series portrays connectivity and interactivity with production and distribution process. I will argue that through critical reading of JJM!, examination of the position and the voice of Indonesia through web-series will provide new insight of the production and distribution of new media in Indonesia.

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Ratna Erika M. Suwarno, Universitas Padjadjaran, Indonesia

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Conference: FilmAsia2015
Stream: Films and Digital Distribution (use of the internet and video sharing)

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