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”
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”
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”
The people of Thailand have taken to the streets of Bangkok and other major cities in the country to defy a harsh crackdown against the pro-democracy movement that is currently challenging both the Thai king and the prime minister. As the people continue to stand against the police water cannons, rallies have started to spread across Thailand in the past few months asContinue reading “Thai in Thousands”
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?”
What I love about Twitter the most is just the sheer speed of how information and content is being shared and how fast you can follow a trend. Depending on who you follow of course, the content you get is catered to you in various ways (that’s just how algorithms work). Sadly, with every positive side of things, there are always a few negatives. Weirdly enough, because information and content is shared so quickly, Twitter to me is a good mix of being both the best and the worst place on the internet and here’s a short rant on why I think so.
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.
“Remember. Your husband will respect you only if you’re a virgin” said my dad, minutes before my flight attendant calls out passengers to my then-scheduled flight to Osaka, Japan.
Following the protests of the Black Lives Matter movement, statues of figures with a controversial past have been defaced and/or toppled. Ultimately, this brings in radical change and making far more than a statement from the voices of those who have been so used to being silenced.
The first time I remember hating the colour of my skin I was 9. I remember being called out as dark-skinned – ‘hitam’ as it’s said in Indonesian – by my fellow students.