The Role and Functions of New Media in Community Development
Globalization can not be separated from the emerging of new media which particularly often has referred to the function and use of internet. From the earthquake disaster in Yogyakarta, Indonesia in 2006 then continued with the great eruption of Mount Merapi in 2010, the installation of internet hotspots which was used to facilitate the evacuation process of the victims of the earthquakes and of the eruption disaster at that time has been developed into rural development communication media. Internet is expected to help accelerate the village development and shorten the village backwardness from the city. An open access to information through the internet village program provides an opportunity for the villagers in the Sleman Regency, Special Region of Yogyakarta, Indonesia to get to know the outside world and to obtain any information related to themselves and also their suroundings. Internet also allows all the local resource owned by the village better known by the outside world so there is an opportunity to increase people’s income. The involvement of community groups such as PKK (Family Welfare Education), Karang Taruna (Youth Organization), schools, KIM (Community Information Group), and other related parties in disseminating internet to the villagers makes people in the district have more space to exchange the information and to interact with each other. Togetherness and spirit of unity in the community activity can be important capital in building social solidarity among them includes for coping natural disasters.