My good friend Indcoup
has gone further down the route of tabloid blogging by setting up Indonesian Celebrities
. This is in the fine tradition of Murdoch journalism in that the site extols the visual virtues of the rich and infamous youngish ladies who heterosexual males like to look at and dream about.
Jakartass is, of course, above that sort of thing. Mind you, I'm not sure if 'Er Indoors is, given that she regularly feeds me titbits of info about who's getting pregnant or divorced. I'm not interested. Seriously. Not even when one family currently in the throes of a messy divorce case has to hide from the local paparazzi and choose Jakartass Towers because of the Batak connections.
I prefer anonymity. You won't find me on that cheap and nasty 'reality' TV show called Bule Gila
(Crazy White Guy). I'm not that insecure that I need to be noticed; I'm quite happy making a prat of myself in private.
As, of course, are Indonesia Anonymus
who have taken a look at television and soap operas in particular.What if (and this is a biiiig if) Indonesian military would hire Indonesian TV Drama (or sinetron, in Indonesian) companies to help them with war simulations? How do you think it will turn out?
This post has been rightly praised by Indonesia Matters
.Anyone who has had the terrible misfortune of having to sit through hours upon hours of Indonesian soap operas, or sinetron, because his wife demands that he accompany her on the sofa sometimes, will instantly recognise some of the caricatures given at Indonesia Anonymus of the sorry mess that is Indonesian television drama, a world of agonisingly long close-ups, astonishingly exaggerated facial expressions, and the most gratutious displays of religiosity (Oh Allaaaah).
Indonesia Matters ~ Opinions and News on Indonesia. Indonesian Islam, Terrorism, Culture and More
~ seem to be the folk behind Blog.Indonesia
~ "Capturing the face of Indonesia, one blog at a time..."
~ which offers short intros to postings taken from 376 Indonesian blogs, including Jakartass (There are currently 2986 blogs awaiting registration).
Another group blog I've recently come across is Cafe Salemba
, which has posts on a variety of top\cs, including the role of television, unemployment and altruism. Heavy stuff? Not at all, especially when their week's music picks are generally classic jazz tracks.
No doubt they'll be at Java Jazz Festival which will be held over the first weekend in March at Senayan here in Jakarta. As much as I like jazz, I can't say that Incognito or Kool and His Gang excite me. However, if we can get to hear any of the 'fusion' of regional music listed here, then I'll be well-pleased.
I prefer the unsung heroes.