Jakarta: the future Lost City of Atlantis?

Severe monsoon floods have occurred throughout Jakarta for the last few weeks. According to the National Disaster Mitigation Agency, these floods were caused by heavy rains that overflowed several rivers around the city and to the surrounding crowded housing complexes. A statement put out by Sabdo Kurnianto, the acting head of Jakarta’s National Board forContinue reading “Jakarta: the future Lost City of Atlantis?”

“Take It Back!” Indonesia to Send Waste Back to Four Nations

Officials in Indonesia announced that the country will be sending 79 containers of hazardous materials back to the UK, the US, Australia, and New Zealand at the end of January this year. The Foreign Ministry had already called the envoys of the four nations to notify them about the plan and that Indonesia will doContinue reading ““Take It Back!” Indonesia to Send Waste Back to Four Nations”

Jokowi Announces End-of-Year Cabinet Reshuffle

The recent corruption cases involving the previous two ministers, (the Ministry of Social Affairs and the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries) left the mentioned positions vacant. This forced President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) to find replacements as the country’s covid-19 cases reached a critical point. Addition to the cabinet’s underperformance, it proved to be aContinue reading “Jokowi Announces End-of-Year Cabinet Reshuffle”

Facemask or Play Dead

Authorities in Jakarta asked people who violate mask-wearing rules (apparently super hard to follow for some people 🤷🏻‍♂️) to lay inside a mock-up coffin and contemplate where their actions went wrong. The media reported that people caught without a facemask in certain districts were told to spend some time in mock-up coffins as passers-by takeContinue reading “Facemask or Play Dead”

Indonesia’s ‘Jurassic Park’

This viral photo showing a Komodo dragon facing a construction truck sparked concerns about a “Jurassic Park themed” attraction being built on an Indonesian island. The much talked about multi-million dollar site is a part of the government’s plans to boost tourism in Komodo National Park. However, the viral image left many people to questionContinue reading “Indonesia’s ‘Jurassic Park’”

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.

A Brief Look Into Indonesia’s Hidden Pandemic on Whatsapp: Fake News & Misinformation

If you’re in a family Whatsapp group chat, there’s a big chance that you’ve come across some of the weirdest and wackiest pieces of content to have ever been made. In other words, fake news (or to keep it simple, hoax). The word “hoax” itself is so ingrained within Indonesian social media that it’s pretty much become a buzzword that’s commented on any given post that presents some sort of statistic or claim. At the height of the pandemic and in the midst of self-quarantine, I asked my friends to send me some of the most absurd fake news messages they got in regards to COVID-19. I wanted to know more about what the World Health Organisation describes as an ongoing fight against an “infodemic” of fake news and misinformation. So here’s my brief look into the weird and dangerous world of misinformation during the pandemic.

Ilmu Pengetahuan Sosial: Di Balik Layar

Baru-baru ini Menteri Koordinator Bidang Pembangunan dan Kebudayaan, Muhadjir Effendy mengeluarkan pernyataan bahwa universitas perlu lebih banyak mencetak lulusan bidang sains. Pandangan yang sama juga dikemukakan tahun lalu oleh mantan Menristekdikti, Mohamad Nasir.
Basis argumen dari perspektif ini adalah bahwa lulusan ilmu alam jumlahnya kalah banyak dari lulusan ilmu sosial, dan kondisi ini tidak sesuai dengan ‘kebutuhan industri’. Pernyataan ini membuat saya geleng-geleng kepala, dan saya yakin saya tidak sendirian.