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The Second International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities

LOL (Laughing Out Loud): Cyber-fiction Inspired by Norway’s a-ha and Indonesia’s Slank

Dr. Marshall A. Clark.

This paper will examine the short stories, poems, songs and novels appearing in two virtual communities: ‘Cold as Stone’, an Internet chat forum focussing on a-ha (a Norwegian synth-pop band), and ‘’, a forum focussing on Slank (an Indonesian hard-rock band). Initially drawing upon Benedict Anderson’s well-known conceptualisation of ‘imagined communities’ (1991), this paper will explore the ways in which themes of masculinity and local identity are reconfigured in the cyber-fiction posted in these two forums. Ultimately, this literary analysis will highlight the ways in which fiction reconfigures local identity and connectivity, not to mention masculine identity.


Dr. Marshall A. Clark  (Australia)
Lecturer in Indonesian Studies
School of Asian Languages and Studies
University of Tasmania

Dr. Marshall Clark is a lecturer in Indonesian studies at the University of Tasmania, Australia. He is currently researching Indonesian masculinities and Internet chat forums. His most recent article is 'Men, Masculinities and Symbolic Violence in Recent Indonesian Cinema', Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, 35, 1, 2004, pp. 113-131.

  • Internet chat forums
  • Men and masculinities
  • Popular music

(Virtual Presentation, English)