Don’t be a Dic(k)tator, Man

In the first few weeks of September, the country of Belarus has seen violent clashes between thousands of protesters and police after a rigged election resulted in another victory for Alexander Lukashenko. Otherwise known as Europe’s last dictator, Lukashenko has been in charge for 26 years now. (Wtf) As European Union leaders and a majorityContinue reading “Don’t be a Dic(k)tator, Man”

Trump and TikTok: Now What?

In early September, The Trump administration announced that it would be banning the Chinese-owned mobile apps TikTok and WeChat from US app stores. This was an escalated move in the US’ tech clash with China. The restrictions were scheduled to go into effect on TikTok within the first weeks of November unless the company couldContinue reading “Trump and TikTok: Now What?”

#VISION2020 Kanye Runs for US President

Is Kanye West serious about running for president? Yes. Yes he is. As of today, Ye had already filed eligibility to run in five different states in the US. From the bat-shit-crazy things he’s said so far, #2020VISION just got real. Like, real-real. ResultsKanye qualified for ballot access in 12 different states, and sued forContinue reading “#VISION2020 Kanye Runs for US President”

Sinovac Vaccine Arrives in Indonesia

Earlier this week, the first batch of the COVID-19 vaccine produced by China’s Sinovac Biotech arrived in Indonesia. A total of 1.2 million doses of the vaccine have now been stored in a warehouse of the Indonesian state-owned pharmaceutical company PT Bio Farma.  Reports state that Indonesia will be expecting to receive 15 million dosesContinue reading “Sinovac Vaccine Arrives in Indonesia”

Upperclass Chindo Lifestyle Examined Through Baudrillard’s Theory of Simulacra

Only when I came back home to Jakarta a year after where I reexperienced all the cultural norms, the subtle barometer that a collective holds, and genuinely felt the pressure to be performing do I fully grasp the totality of it. So, this is my best attempt of understanding Baudrillard’s theory through the ‘object’ and lifestyle that I am most exposed to Upperclass Chindo Lifestyle.