Digital technology can help spark interest in culture (Ministry)

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Jakarta (ANTARA) – Optimizing the use of digital technology is a way to attract young people’s interest in Indonesian culture, said Hilmar Farid, director general of culture at the Ministry of Education, Culture, of Research and Technology.

Indonesia has no shortage of smart individuals and people with cultural art skills, he noted in an online discussion on Thursday.

What the country currently needs is a healthy ecosystem that makes optimal use of digital technology for collective purposes, he added.

The biggest challenge in cultivating the value of Indonesian culture is technology that is not driven by national interest, he said.

The perception that the younger generation is not interested in the history and culture of Indonesia is not entirely true. However, the forums or platforms available to cultivate this interest are not yet optimal, he said.

“Our biggest challenge in developing an ecosystem capable of implementing all of this requires the participation of all parties,” he said.

“What can be optimized by the government is to facilitate the whole process,” he added.

The government cannot fully push young people to understand the value of culture through regulations, as this would put an end to creativity, he said.

However, the government also cannot let the culture develop on its own, as it needs to be enhanced with the support of the government.

“The key is inclusion, we have to give them a sense of belonging, make them feel part of something,” Farid said.

“It’s more fundamental of the skills they have to participate, a sense of belonging or being part of something bigger,” he added.

Furthermore, he said that the young generation’s disinterest in national culture is due to the fact that art has been reduced to screen entertainment.

As a result, when Indonesian culture has to compete with cultures from other countries that invest heavily in promoting their culture, it loses.

Art is part of a way of life and a ritual. If separated, if only the surface is shown, it would lose to other crops with heavy investment, he explained.

To this end, all related parties must make optimal use of digital technology to maintain social relations, a condition for the growth of culture and art, he added.

“The key is to ensure that cultural expression, artistic expression still has its place without diminishing the developing values ​​in society,” he remarked.

“We cannot promote them and then put these cultural expressions on screen just to sell them as commodities,” he added.

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