The biggest hoax of all: the 30 September Movement

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There are two common misconceptions about hoaxes. First, although the word “hoax” is a relatively new term in the Indonesian lexicon, it would be wrong to assume that hoaxes have only become a problem over the past few years, with the rise of social media. Second, hoax news cannot be resolved or debunked simply by providing accurate information as an alternative, especially when nothing is done about the primary hoax.

Heryanto, Ariel (2018) “The biggest hoax of all: the 30 September Movement”, Indonesia at Melbourne, 16/01/2018, http://indonesiaatmelbourne.unimelb.edu.au/the-biggest-hoax-of-all-the-30-september-movement/

keywords: Budi Pego, Communism, Gerwani, Jokowi, Marxism, PKI

Popular Culture and Identity Politics

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For too long, the study of Indonesia has been narrowly focused on its political and economic institutions and elite. Even when culture is taken seriously, academic studies tend to concentrate on “traditional,” “ethnic,” or “folk” cultures or the avant-garde or “high” cultures. The everyday life, where popular culture permeates, is significantly understudied.

This chapter contends that an in-depth investigation into identity politics in popular culture is a critical component to studying the social life of this world’s fourth most populated nation. It shows how elite national politics and everyday cultural practices and contestations are mutually constitutive in complex and indirect ways, with a focus on identity politics in contemporary Indonesia as manifest in popular cultures.

Heryanto, Ariel (2018) “Popular Culture and Identity Politics”, in R. Hefner (ed.) Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Indonesia, London: Routledge, pp. 357-368.

keywords: gender, Islam, Javanese, Jokowi, media, nationalism, SBY

Ahok, Penista Kemasan Politik

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“Menurut saya, hanya mereka yang buta-politik akan berbantah melulu soal agama dan adu-kutipan ayat suci dalam menanggapi kasus Ahok. Apakah Ahok bersalah atau tidak secara keagamaan, kurang menarik perhatian saya. Juga apakah dia bersalah atau tidak secara hukum.

Sejauh pengamatan saya, kesalahan pertama dan utama Ahok selama ini adalah berpolitik tanpa basa-basi atau kemasan apa pun.”

 

Heryanto, Ariel (2016) “Ahok, Penista Kemasan Politik”, CNN Indonesia, 17/11/206, https://www.cnnindonesia.com/kursipanasdki1/20161116193018-517-173127/ahok-penista-kemasan-politik/

kata-kunci: agama, Bourdieu, Jokowi, kelas sosial, Pilkada DKI,

Dari Kencing Onta sampai PKI

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“Tidak ada wacana, tuduhan, umpatan, atau pujian yang secara alamiah atau tiba-tiba, punya bobot mengangkat atau membanting martabat seseorang. Bobot itu harus disusun dan dipasarkan dengan modal besar dan kerja keras sebelum diterima atau ditolak masyarakat. Ini berlaku untuk semua kisah: dari kisah mukjizat kencing Onta sampai kisah bahaya PKI.”

Heryanto, Ariel (2018) “Dari Kencing Onta sampai PKI”, Mojok, 11/01/2018, https://mojok.co/arl/esai/dari-kencing-onta-sampai-pki/

kata-kunci: Budi Pego, G-30-S, Gerwani, Hoax, Jokowi, tahayul