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Rising Indonesian rapper Rich Brian recently released his second album The Sailor. At the age of 19, the young man from Kelapa Gading, North Jakarta, has gone from home-schooled kid to one of the game-changers in the national and international hip-hop music scene.

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Kekinian, Happening, Trending.

The short answer is yes, however, news consumers including ourselves must also hold our own responsibility to preserve trust in the news media.

News on Narasi Newsroom (Source) | Image by Author

It is safe to say that up until today, I have spent the majority of 2021 writing my thesis project for my Master’s programme in Media and Communication Studies in the specialisation of Digital Media and Society at Uppsala University. The thesis focuses on the question of how Narasi Newsroom, a news outlet that uses social media to produce news, maintains journalistic legitimacy and how do Instagram users find credible and trustworthy news in light of the COVID-19 infodemic—a term coined by the WHO where they define:

An infodemic is an overabundance of information, both online and offline. It includes…

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I grew up with a childhood where I was no stranger to Pixar films, and I will be eternally grateful for that. The familiarity of enjoying Toy Story and A Bug’s Life are still nostalgic to me. When I sat down and watched Soul, I was immediately fascinated by how the simple concept of a story gripped me throughout. Yet, there is a timely element that made Soul resonate with me more today.

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For me personally, 2010 was a defining year for film experience, from both being immersed in the narrative on screen to how those stories resonated my love for films later in the coming years (Ah, remember when cinema-going didn’t seem such a far-fetched idea).

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Disclaimer: I am not an expert in musicology, or in any way related professionally. This is merely an opinion piece that I would like to channel out from my mind because we’ve all been at the tipping point of being emotionally overwhelmed from watching CMYBN. Also, potential hints of spoilers are in this essay.

Not my style: A YouTube clip shows President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo poking fun at his son Kaesang Pangarep’s haircut. (YouTube/@kaesangp/-)

For some, Kaesang Pangarep is known as the youngest son of President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo. Yet to the tech-savvy community, Kaesang is known as the President’s son who vlogs.

Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrored Room at Museum MACAN, Jakarta

My passion for arts can be dated back to years before I considered pursuing it in high school. Even when I spent most of my high school days with a class of art enthusiasts, I could only share my enthusiasm to a very selective few, ones who would want to roam in exhibitions and reflect our perspectives to the displayed works.

Indonesians are not the laziest walkers. Jakartans, are.

Quite recently, I came across an article from The Strait Times that directly strikes a headline, bluntly stating, “Stanford study reveals Indonesian laziest walkers in the world”.


Back in 2014, I spent half of the year observing the social media platform, Path, analysing users’ traits and behaviours to their use of the so-called ‘personal network’ app. Though initially it was for writing my Masters dissertation, the results influenced heavily on how I use social media and how I perceived the online environment to the reality of offline to online behaviour.

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