The Marriage of Digital and Fiction: Emergence of the Post-Truth Era

The truth can be proven if we experienced it with our sense. We heard a cat releasing the “meow” sounds and we approve it, we see the sun is shining bright in Gili Trawangan and approve that it is the source of light, we smell our mother’s cooking some delicious Beef Rendang and we approve the smell, we taste the Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee and appreciate the taste. Those are facts and the way we feel about it is subjectively created in our mind. For a long time, our sense is the most traditional media we used to tell how we feel about something.

The Digital Media though, is a unique phenomena. This time bending machine spread texts like mad, really mad. Text about human experiences are in here, just by using our eyes, we can record many data from the written text from the monitor display to the brain and then you know at least how Antartica looks and feels like. Surprisingly, humans do enjoy the cyber world and have spoil them much until its credibility trustable enough for them. Whenever a story or news exposed to the consumer/audience/user in the digital media, immediately people will start to believing it without any preemptive caution.

The news is viral, it’s like a virus, but it’s a fiction in digital, a fiction that shapes the public opinion. This virus is the people who likes bending the truth far enough to cause a chaos in society. With a certain motives, an individual can make a news about how a Commercial Mineral Water is not distilled and purified well enough so it still contains unwanted substance. He spread it through WhatsApp and in picosecond everybody starts ostensibly buy other mineral water products and boycotting the mineral water from the bad news.

The use of Fictionized Truth or in popular terms we call it Hoax have often appeared in this 21st Century. With the help of Yellow Journalism it spreads faster than the real news itself. The first news that people take will often be the news they held firm. What’s bad is that this fictionized truth is a negative content, this will impact the publics concern and opinion with certain topics.

The Post-Truth Era is softly entering the world. And sadly it is more popular for the use of politics (see: Post-Truth Politics). We have seen Presidents using false rumors to gain publics emotion and to win the campaign. Some individuals fictionized the truth to debilitate some candidate’s/party’s vote. And some individuals use hoax just to gain popularity.

This is the age where our main teacher is the written text. We trust them by faith, yet text after text that we see or hear is written by people, a subjective individual. But I can assure you though that knowing this doesn’t make you intelligent in deciphering which is true and which is not, but a wise man should feed on the good deed, moral and what’s human. A wizard though, is a wise man who also write literatures of utopian dream and dystopian reality.

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Where the heck is the World going?

Economic Growth, Happiness, Welfare are few elements important people talks about especially in politics. Based on religion and human rights, we struggle to build the utopian world we dreamed. We dreamed that every single person in the world will have a good quality of living. But what is considered a good quality of living?

Nevertheless, the main thing that keeps the people live is by working, working to get money–a trust transformed into a valued tangible object with society’s consent.

Work, in context of economic, are a bunch of acts human do in order to get a sum of money.

Work, though, in a more modern concept is not just a process to get money, but also to do the process itself according to your passion and expertise. Those are connected to Happiness.

The reality, most people who live in the city (which is the majority) haven’t found the happiness they needed. Sure they get the money, spent it for good things they need. But their mental health is always at stake.

Is Economic Development the answer to human happiness? Or is it only to produce new kind/type of problems?

If Economic Development ≠ Happiness, Where the heck the World is going?!

Nintendo Switch: a sneak peek

Nintendo is making their comeback with a new console, the Nintendo Switch. Basically is a hybrid of home-console and portable-console, with an embedded 2 joystick-the joycon-, and a multiplayer feature (online or through linking with nearby Switch console).

The marketing is a huge success, lot of exposure here and there from youtube channels and gaming medias. The innovation of the console collaborating with a good presentation really tempts you to buy and try it right away. Even the simple snapping sound they made for the Switch’s trademark immediately stuck in your brain.

And it really is, earlier on February Nintendo Switch Pre-Order had been cancelled at several US retailers. This included Target and GameStop reporting that they had ran out of their allocated Switch units and had to shut down pre-orders, which they resume a week later after got a new stock and apparently… still wasn’t enough.

Switch offer many new things to try and explore, one of them is “sliding”. You can see from many videos or ads is that you mostly interact with the hardware by sliding it, slide your Switch screen to the dock that tethered to your TV so you can play it through TV Screen or Slide the Joycon to the Switch Screen so you can play it mobile. It really is tempting cause it is quite innovative for a game console.

Of course it’s still short on games, apart from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Switch still has a little to offer, but I guess not long enough more great video games will make a debut to this console. You know when it can support video games like Skyrim.

But my point is how innovative this console is, it’s what a gamer wants. You still have that traditional feel in gaming (where you sit and play through your TV) and then you can continue your game in a snap shifting to mobile version. Not just that, but the way the console already packaged with two joysticks (Joycon), you can socialise with your friend by playing the Switch outside your home. Other friends that have a Switch can also play together with you by linking, how fun is that when you can play video games anywhere with lots of your friends.

That’s a pack of unique new behaviour in gaming. Considering the pre-order occurrence in the US, and if the success continues to other countries, it will give a big impact in society’s behaviour of gaming and set out a new bar for what a good console might be like. It just need great video games to make it a real game console that a hard-core gamers like. And it’s more perfect if it can reach a wide range of market.

The Coward’s Perception of History

Long ago,

Far beyond the agricultural and cognitive revolution

Human or what scientist call Homo Sapiens-the intelligent being who survived the Homo species survival. Live in nomadic way, moving to-and-fro in community (small group of people). Simple as Chimps, Orangutans and Bonobos.

They don’t even know the concept of time. Hell to six o’clock in the morning

Their life is abundant with variety of diet, meats to berries. Every day different food. I ain’t gonna eat rice again

They take care of each other willingly.

Children follow Parents way.

But history does more for their brain. It developed into ingenious brain with many tricks.

Millenia came in a second and capitalist emerge creating their own imagined order. Science and Politics collaborate inventing the age of enlightenment. Industry is taking over the human mind.

Everything is market and can be sold. Individuality is always a concern. Individuality is a state concern, the world concern it. Romanticism Consumerism is a number one principal. A Cold War of Ideologies (Liberal, Communist and Conservative), competing whats better for human civilisation.

Seven billion people and still counting

Homo Sapiens is way too creative for their life.

Chaos or Order is an oblivious thinking or even a taboo in the modern day society.

 

The Struggle Blending-in in Social Occasions

I confidently call myself a pure introvert, but please note that an introvert does not mean necessarily I avoid many meetings with my friends and others. I do love meeting with people and have a nice conversation about life.

Same as an extrovert, sometimes I do like when those meetings include some partying and over-the-top stuffs. But being in those occasions and shifting myself into an extrovert will drain my energy a lot and of course in the end withdrawing from the crowd to gather myself again.

These are the things that I feel every time I do my social custom, it’s not that torturing shifting into an extrovert for a while. The problem is that I can’t do that for a long time like my extrovert friends do. The story goes like, I meet with friends enjoying some chit-chat, laughing, playing some games, laughing again, and then there’s the time I’ve had enough and exhausted which in turn will make myself extremely reserved. It’s what I do every single occasions I’ve had.

My best friends do not take this as a problem when I do this, they didn’t even notice about it (which is a good thing and what should’ve been), so I usually happy hanging out with them. Other than that it’s a different story. A country where having an extrovert trait is deeply regarded and does not aware the existence of different dimensions in human personality thinks that an introvert trait is not an ideal character for a person. Many of my friends think I’m weird for being a reserved person, which in the end getting labeled. It’s a struggle for me every time an appointment will come. The occasions made my looking glass self more profound.

A lot of choice in life, but do you have the guts to take the risk?

The inevitable part in a human life is deciding where it will go, do you enjoy the status quo that you’re living right now? Or you do have a plan but don’t know where to start and probably don’t want to take the risk.

The purpose is to get a better quality and meaning of life for yourself, everyone have their own meaning in life. One of the popular one is to contribute for others.

Besides meaning of life, people want to achieve high to get their needs, and in the end to get what Abraham Maslow calls “Self-Actualization”.

Trials and Tribulations is what we call the obstacle we face to achieve the needs. It is complex, multi-layered, multi-faceted, multi-dimension. Obstacles from technical, practical, political, social, cultural to spiritual. We sometimes scared to get out of our comfort zone and go through the norms. Misfit is not an option for the majority.

This attitude of “stay safe” in the status quo is what rooted inside of some of the new generations. Staying safe by conforming to the society made their anxieties and depression develop and let’s hope it will not go further to self-harm.

It takes most of your asset to take a huge risk, but time will pay what you have sacrificed

The “Still” Rising of K-Pop Culture

The Korean Wave also known as Hallyu(한류) Wave is a popular term to describe the spread of Korean culture to the world (especially the neighbouring country). It happens when the government start to acknowledged and then funding the entertainment industry (drama, film, and music) more, predicted that the sector will increase the economic development for the country. I’m sure this is a common term especially for students studying cultural studies in their university, since this phenomenon is really unique and pretty much successful despite it has been started long ago since the 1990s and still going on.

I have to say that I’am one of those people that got affected by the infectious cultural product. I don’t know precisely when is my first encounter with K-pop, but I remember it when I was sitting at the end-year of elementary school (about the year 2004), my sister usually played songs by Kang Ta, Shinhwa, and BoA (some of popular the artists back then) after she got back home from college, she even have lots of their albums organised neatly at her desk and her drawer (I don’t know how she knew this kind of things, guess it might be the magazine). I quite like it the first time I heard it and some of them is catchy, though I’m not listening it as a hobby (To be honest, I’m not that particularly interested in music back then, my only concern in life as a kid is only playing outside and PlayStation).

That year 2004 is not the year I only encountered K-pop music, but also the drama. During the holiday semester, my sister played the Korean drama Full House at the living room every day in the morning. Just the three of us-me, my sister, and my mother-enthusiastically watched it while eating and slurping cup of hot noodles. The main stars are Rain and Song Hye-Kyo, I forgot what’s the drama all about but what I remember is the two main characters (who are not a couple) have no other choice but to live together in the same house because of an unfortunate event. As a kid, I’m not that concerned about the narrative, I only like the tension that always happen between the two characters which is the funny part of the series. I can say though that K-drama entertains.

2008 is the year I got fascinated in K-pop. And it’s also because of my sister with the help of the famous-infamous website: Youtube (I dare to say that this website is one of the main catalyst of this Korean Wave working more effective). She watched this many Korean Reality Shows that are really funny, from X-man, Star King, to Star Golden Bell. Those three reality shows are really creative and I was laughing really hard by their different style of humour and games. In addition to gain more viewers, for marketing strategy, and for the sake of excitement, all of the show usually feature popular artists, especially the one that have just debuted be it in music, television, or other entertainments.

From the reality shows that I watched, I got curious with the guest artists that were invited to the shows. That’s when I dig up more to K-pop music, starts to discover the other and listening it (all because of Youtube). And not long after that, a boy-group named Super Junior released its single called Sorry Sorry and a girl-group named Girls Generation (SNSD) released its single called Gee in 2009, it is also posted in Youtube. The song is quite catchy for a 2009 music, it’s packed with dance moves and that ‘thing’ that I can’t describe makes you want to go back and watch it again. For me, those two are the prior turning point of K-pop growing fast (not to mention Korean Reality Show Running Man (2010). The emphasis to the turning point would be Psy’s “Gangnam Style” and Big Bang’s “Fantastic Baby” at 2012 and the third would be BTS’ “Dope” at 2015).

Both K-pop music and drama is growing fast after the year. But the ones that got me interested is the music. K-pop music is not your average pop music like the western and it’s not that unorthodox like J-pop’s. The difference comes from the entertainment industry, where they invest not only in producing of the music, but they also invest big in the artists. When it comes to K-pop group, before their first debut, the artists (or trainee) have to be trained really hard by the management. I don’t know if this is true but from what I see they will get quarantined for some time to train their talents from singing to dancing. Not just the artists, but visual-aesthetic is included at their top-list priority as the art of entertainment. Hence, you can see why most of K-pop videos are a stellar pop performance ever, visually eye-candy and not to wonder why they sometimes regarded as fashion icons.

The other great things about K-pop is they change their style of music according to the current pop music and sometimes they incorporate it with their style of music into something new and listenable to every one. They mix their music with EDM (f(x)’s 4 “Walls”), fuse it with J-pop (GFRIEND’s “Rough”), American Hip-Hop (Agust D’s “Agust D”), and even debuted in America (CL’s “Lifted”).

At the end, Korea is still waving their culture to the world with their impressive entertainments, and the wave keeps getting better and better.