Prolonging the death throes of a party

This in The Jakarta Globe online today: Taufik Kiemas, chief of the PDI-P’s consultative board, right, talking to Prabowo Subianto as chairwoman Megawati Sukarnoputri looks on at the party’s national meeting. (Antara Photo) Megawati Gets PDI-P Green Light The Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle gave its chairwoman Megawati Sukarnoputri full power during its national leadershipContinue reading “Prolonging the death throes of a party”

Mega xenophobia/hypocrisy?

This, coming from a party that embraces Twittering and Facebooking? Which part of Indonesian culture do such social media practices crawl out from? (assuming, of course, that the Jakarta Post is accurate in its reporting) clipped from Indonesian too open to foreign culture: Mega – Pro The Jakarta Post ,  Jakarta   |  Sun,Continue reading “Mega xenophobia/hypocrisy?”

How to tell voters you don’t have your act together

Unspun supposes we all have to blame Oprah Winfrey. When she started Twittering, then it must be good for the masses and everyone should somehow Tweet as well. Perhaps it is for this reason, but maybe also because some young entrepreneurs saw a chance to milk the Indonesian Presidential candidates for some easy money, theContinue reading “How to tell voters you don’t have your act together”

Vote against political elitism

If Unspun could vote, he’d certainly be casting his ballot for SBY and Boediono in the upcoming presidential elections. SBY’s weaknesses in the past were based on perceptions that he is slow to decide if he comes to a decision at all; that he is weak when it comes to making tough decisions; and thatContinue reading “Vote against political elitism”

Foxy Obama-style New media campaign for SBY

What’s with the name Fox and politicians? When Malaysian politicians wanted some help with their communications they turned to a company called Fox Communications (that was set up by some ex-journalists under the patronage of other ex-journalists). Now, with the Indonesian Presidential elections around the corner, SBY has turned to Fox Indonesia. The mission ofContinue reading “Foxy Obama-style New media campaign for SBY”

Kamikaze Politics

You could say Vice President Jusuf Kalla’s goose was cooked when he first foolishly accepted Golkar officials’ suggestion a few months ago that he should nominate himself as a presidential candidate. Once he swallowed this poison pill, some say administered by Surya Paloh, he was doomed, unless Golkar did so well at the polls thatContinue reading “Kamikaze Politics”

Megawati Facebook Page taken down, but for how long?

Would anyone like to take bets how long it would take the Netizens to put up another “Say No to Megawati” Faeffect. cebook page that has been taken down yesterday? Read also about the Streisand effect in Maverick Network. It’s equivalent to shooting your own foot on the Net.

justified rap on knuckles or a threat on Press Freedom?

Update: has carried a story with a screen grab of the original Jakarta Globe story. It also questions why Okezone had retracted its story and issued an apology to SBY and his son when the story was balanced because Democrat party and presidential spokesperson Andi Mallarangeng had been asked about it and he hadContinue reading “justified rap on knuckles or a threat on Press Freedom?”

Losing Face

Update: PDI-P has reported the Say No to mega Facebook Page to the police. Check out the link here. All this is going to drive a lot of traffic to the Facebook page…. Forgive them Father Sukarno…they know what they do. ROFL Now let’s see how the new media strategists of our revered political leadersContinue reading “Losing Face”

The Prabowo thing

Tree can be pretty incisive, entertaining and a pretty good read when he focuses his attention on the more “serious” things in life rather than his Adrian Mole rantings and monologues about his life, dog and multifarious girlfriends present and exes. Good to see the Tree getting back to stride and lending an intelligent voiceContinue reading “The Prabowo thing”