The Ideology of Jakarta Post Articles towards
Indonesia Fuel Price Hike Issue
The skripsi submitted in partial fulfillment for the degree of ‘Sarjana Sastra’
Mohammad Alwi Kosasih
ENGLISH DEPARTMENT OF JAKARTA STATE UNIVERSITY
1. Background of the study
In nowadays daily life, nothing is more important than getting information from mass media. Mass media provides an interconnection between people, for long distance communication or even for the one sitting next to them. Giving the new concept that the mass media is an essential way to communicate, the concept of being ubiquitous, that mass media is omnipresent in every human process of communication. From that point, mass media realizes that every single piece of information is easily to be transmitted, because people are somehow hunger for information.
Mass media have the merits of simplicity and inclusiveness (Inglis, 1990: 76), because they express news with deep and solemn way for people can rely on them. However, they have a capability to construct the perspectives of the society toward some issues, because beneath each of media reportage, an ideology is contained. The mass media disseminates their ideology to strengthen the domination in audience’s perspectives. In fact those audiences are mostly passive and easily believing on information, they rely on mass media perspective. Gradually consumed by society, no doubt the mass media perspective soon becomes the perspective of the society also, as McLuhan (2001) anticipated on his book, the media and mass communications devices reshapes lifestyle and worldview of the people.
On February 22th, 2012, The President of Indonesia, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, stated on the plenary session that there will be a fuel price hike for a subsidized fuel during the end of the month regarding the global oil prices rise. This...