chapter  11
15 Pages

Modems, Malaysia, and Modernity: Characteristics and Policy Challenges in Internet-Led Development

ByNASYA BAHFEN

The use of the Internet in Malaysia refl ects competing themes-a culture of technological nous exemplifi ed by young, upwardly mobile users keen to adopt new communication forms as a result of specifi c social engineering policies, versus the cyberpresence of vibrant political activists who have embraced Internet publishing, networking, and the blogosphere as weapons in the battle for reformasi and to counter the carefully sculpted representation of Malaysian identity in the docile print and broadcast media.