Next session (September 5th): Indonesian television, corporate interests and social functions
TviT starts the academic year of 2011-2012 with a fresh and interesting session. First of all, as part of his PhD-research into local television in Indonesia, Bram Hendrawan will present the findings of this latest field trip and article called “Televising the ‘Local’: Between Corporate Interests and Social Functions”.
Here’s the abstract:
“Studies on Indonesian local television focus on the social function of local television as a medium for the construction of public sphere and cultural identity. This social approach to local television misses an important character of these new stations namely their commercial characters. This paper looks at corporate strategies (structure of ownership, the expansion of service area and modes of generating income) employed by two private local television stations in Yogyakarta and Solo: Jogja TV and TATV. The main question is whether and how such corporate strategies limit the social function of local television. It is argued that corporate strategies of these two television stations limit the potential of local television to carry out its social function as it is envisioned by its proponents. The logics of profit making pose a threat to the creation of diversity that is envisioned to be the characteristic of local television.”
Next to Brams presentation, Jasmijn van Gorp and Marc Bron (UvA) will demonstrate and test the new search tool they have developed for the Dutch Institute for Sound and Vision. This demonstration is part of their BRIDGE project. So bring your laptop and see you all on Monday September 5th, 3.30 p.m. at Janskerkhof 13, room 0.06.*
*Please note that the location has not been confirmed yet, so keep checking your e-mail and/or this website for additional changes.