A rather spirited conversation has cropped up in the Indonesian blogosphere over Pesta Blogger+ 2010 after Solo blogger Blontank Poer questioned the purpose and the running of the national event for bloggers in a post entitled Its not a question of the party (Bukan Soal Pestanya).
In a rambling post that, among other things, evoked the Indonesian struggle between farmers and nobles (petani dan bangsawan)and probably the spirit of Karl Marx and Woodstock, the author essentially said that Pesta Blogger was not worth going to or participating in. Among the reasons he gave were that some members of the Pesta Blogger committee were stand-offish, the “celebrity bloggers” were elitist and that the event did not try to address some of the ills of the country.
His posting has attracted many diverse views. At last count there were over a hundred comments, some agreeing and some disagreeing with Blontank Poer.
The conversation got even more spirited yesterday when Iman Brotoseno, who was Pesta Blogger chairman last year and was once too a critic of Pesta Blogger waded into the fray with his posting There is Nothing Wrong with Partying (Tak ada yang salah dengan Pesta). Iman’s view is that Pesta Blogger was set up and meant to continue as a Pesta, a party, where bloggers can meet, celebrate their common pastime and chill. So its critics should relax and not try to push their own agendas and angst on Pesta Blogger.
The entry was posted only yesterday and has attracted 20 comments so far.
Where will this particular conversation go? It remains to be seen. Perhaps it is fitting that the theme of this year’s Pesta Blogger is Celebrating Diversities. Let a hundred flowers bloom.