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The Shift from Consumers to Prosumers: Susceptibility of Young Adults to Radicalization

Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, Airlangga University, Surabaya 60115, Indonesia
Department of Theology, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN 46656, USA
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Soc. Sci. 2020, 9(4), 40;
Received: 4 March 2020 / Revised: 25 March 2020 / Accepted: 31 March 2020 / Published: 3 April 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Social Policy)
This article examines the radicalization of young adults in relation to internet access and the social media content produced and managed by radical groups in Indonesia. Some of the research problems that become the major concern of this article were how young people respond to the internet and social media that provide radical content, how they find out about and access the content, what their purposes are for accessing radical content, and what they do with the radical content. The data discussed in this article were obtained from surveys and interviews with 700 students from seven state universities in Indonesia who were allegedly exposed to radicalism, according to the National Agency for Combating Terrorism (BNPT). The state universities that became research locations were the University of Indonesia (UI), Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB), Bogor Agriculture University (IPB), Diponegoro University (Undip), the Sepuluh Nopember Institute of Technology (ITS), Universitas Airlangga (UNAIR), and the University of Brawijaya (UB). This study revealed that in addition to accessing and consuming various radical content, some students also acted as prosumers. That is, they did not only read, but also produced information related to radicalization, and then recirculated it via social media. View Full-Text
Keywords: young adults; radicalism; consumers; prosumer; social media; susceptibility young adults; radicalism; consumers; prosumer; social media; susceptibility
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Sugihartati, R.; Suyanto, B.; Sirry, M. The Shift from Consumers to Prosumers: Susceptibility of Young Adults to Radicalization. Soc. Sci. 2020, 9, 40.

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