It’s been a while. Life moved so fast, it wasn’t always easy to sit down and wrote more than occasional banter in 140 characters…
End of 2010 marked the beginning of my 3rd year living in New York City. It also celebrated as my 1st year of marriage. 2010 was pretty much a challenging year, it was filled with things that occupied me personally and professionally. This was the major reason of this journal’s neglectful state.
The Attack of Short Span Attention
The other reason of ‘abandoning’ this journal was for most of the time, I found 140 characters or some photos were enough for me to share my thought & opinion about something. In the age of short span attention, writing (and reading) more than a couple of paragraphs slowly become a lost art.
But at the end of the day, I am a story teller. I told stories based on my experience and I love to share those stories in an eloquent writing. I am not a fan of the short attention seeker method known as “KulTwit”1. I prefer writing a decently concise article even thought it probably took me forever to write it (FYI, this entry took more than a week to finish).
So expect less but longer stories here in the future. For occasional 140 characters banters, follow me on Twitter, we will have much fun there.
Evolution Happened, Really
It happened here too, within this journal. Two major things happened:
1. Movable Type to WordPress
First, the change from Movable Type to WordPress. Yes, I was a staunch user (and defender) of Movable Type but as time passed, I found WordPress to be matured enough and has strong (not to mention fanatic) support right now. So, when WordPress 3.0 came out, I decided it was the right time to move to WordPress. It wasn’t as easy as I want it to be but with some tweaks here and there, I finally pull it off. The content import process from Movablet Type to WordPress was not perfect (the classic problem was “from ‘_’ to ‘-’), you might notice a bit of article’s artefact, cut down entries, 404 errors, weird notation and more; here and there – mostly old articles, but in general the process went quite painless.
After some tries to create new design, I postponed it and decided to make a child theme for now. I found an excellent existing theme called Oulipo designed by pnts suited my needs and modified it. For now it is enough for my needs. For now.
2. From “home” to “journal”
I could not even remember why I picked “home” as subdomain name for this journal. So, long overdue, I change the subdomain to a more appropriate name “journal”, from now on the official address is http://journal.avianto.com. The nice thing about technology is, for those who still used or accessed the old address, you don’t even have to do anything, I did my best to take care of that issue. With the magic of .htaccess2 to redirect things around, most of those old links would magically transformed itself into new links. Some probably would still fail, just let me know, I’ll fix it ASAP.
What’s next then?
Plenty of things. Those will have to wait for another post. And if it takes a while for another post… find me on Twitter
“Kultwit” stands for “Kuliah Twitter” aka. “Twitter Lecture”. It is a tweet method commonly used by Indonesian Twitter ‘celebrities’. The practice is basically splitting a long entry (or what they so profoundly called ‘lecture’ hence the name) into multiple tweets – sometime accompanied by ordered number list. The irony is most of the time the “KulTwit” is so long, it actually save time (and not to mention easier to read) to write a blog entry instead. This phenomenon is uniquely Indonesian, CMIIW. ↩
Law existed to protect people. Law created to make people feel safe. But somehow, it worked the other way around in Indonesia. Law was used to shackle people, to keep people on the leash and to shut down the voice of freedom.
The story so far
This was the case of a mother of two children against the all mighty private hospital with divine and majestic name, Omni International Hospital. The mother wrote an email about her dissatisfaction of the hospital treatment to her, which she claimed was bad and horrendously unsatisfactory. The email, naturally, spread around certain mailing list and published on a couple of website including this one (It’s in Indonesian). Reasonable enough since she said the hospital was not really paid attention to her previous complain. Or not.
Update: The English translation of Mrs. Prita’s email are available; credits goes to Ryan Koesuma for translation and Unspun blog for republishing it outside Facebook.
Somehow, the all mighty hospital felt insulted and sued the mother base on defamation/libel. So, they treated patients like cash cows, which unfortunately a common practice in Indonesia’s medical field, and when the patient complained and wrote the complain so the whole world could see, they felt insulted and sued the patient. Well, as if holding up a body of a deceased person because the family could not paid the bill or holding up a newborn baby because the parents could not afford the bill right away were not enough, now the hospital felt insulted when somebody told the world about their misdemeanor and sued that somebody. What was it? A joke? It wasn’t even funny.
What striked me actually, this fiasco probably would not happened, still probably – there were many way to twist the law in Indonesia, if you had the power and money, if one particular law was not exists. Introducing, the famous Information and Electronic Transaction Law aka. UU ITE (Undang-undang Informasi dan Transaksi Elektronik).
Armed with this law, the hospital sued the mother and the court pointed the mother as the suspect and she has been in jail for 3 weeks, as of today (Source: Koran Tempo in Indonesian). The trial will be held on June 4, 2009.
Information and Electronic Transaction Law aka. UU ITE
When this law was signed more or less a year ago, I was cringed. I was afraid, not because I could be punished by this draconian law but because some of the points were obscure, unclear and could be interpreted in some twisted way. I won’t go far to explain the law, use Google and read it yourself. Some items in that law were actually good and fulfill their purpose to protect the people, but those items, especially those parts about “defamation and/or libel” were so draconian and easily manipulated especially to those who got the power and money. Added the corrupt justice system, which again unfortunately a common knowledge in Indonesia, to the mix then we had a recipe to disaster.
I am one of the biggest opponent of this law, as many of my respected colleague, but as you might remember my writing titled “Commander” around last year – it was a different case but it lead into this law being signed, the department who were somehow responsible for the creation of this law was ignorant. Now, to add the absurdity of the current situation, the Director General of that department, Mr. Cahyana who hold the Master of Law degree, told one of the prominent blogger, Enda Nasution that the court actually misinterpreted the law. Where have you been, Sir? Did we said this law could easily misinterpreted more than a year ago? And your department defiantly went into deaf mode and said this law was for the good of the people? The truth, Sir, your department were plain ignorant at that time and now it’s time to feel the wake up slap in your face.
That comment also made me wondered; so if the law was misinterpreted, did it because the law was not clear enough or the court was not smart enough to interpret the law? Or even worse, the law was not clear enough and the court was not smart enough too. Again, the recipe to bigger disaster then.
Added insult to the injury was the response of some people related to this case. Some said, it mean everybody, Indonesian especially, should be careful of what they were writing online (email, blogs, tweet, whatever), even if it was the truth. Sounds pathetic, wasn’t it? I called them cowards. When the bush was beaten, they were cowering down under, afraid to speak the truth and even stigmatize those who told the truth.
These people were the reason Indonesia never soar as a great country it supposed to be. These people put a blind eye to the corruption of power those institutions above showed. These people chose, deliberately, to stigmatize the people who brave enough to tell the truth. These people were the traitor to free speech, democracy and humanity.
So, by writing this, I directly and indirectly criticized the medical institution, justice system, a government department and a bunch of cowards. Will I get sued for defamation and libel? It possible. Even though I am just stating the truth, I am not fabricated any facts, known facts, about the corrupt system of justice, the money seeking practice of medical institution and the ignorance of a government department. So if the worse thing happened then all I can say is the country I always love is going back to the way it used to be, a repressive, totalitarian and draconian one. What a step back and for that I am feeling very sorry…
While waiting for the hammer to fall, these are some call to action links (all in Indonesian):
- Put the banner to free the mother, Mrs. Prita Mulyasari
- Facebook Cause: Support for Mrs. Prita Mulyasari
- Facebook Page: Say No to Omni Tangerang Hospital
I am following the herd, some people tagged or asked me to do this, so I comply. Here they are:
- I’d been living in 4 countries until now; Indonesia (most of the time), Germany, Canada and United States (currently) and visited more than a dozen countries.
- I hold a bachelor in Architecture but never worked as an architect, I prefer architecture as a way of life not as a work for living.
- I used to smoke a lot, not anymore right now except for an occasionally collapse of good judgement.
- Despite used to be a heavy smoker, I never use drugs in my life and not planned to do so in my life time.
- I don’t care about races and sexual preferences, it doesn’t matter if you are black, white, yellow or even green and while I am a strictly straight guy, it doesn’t matter if you are straight, gay or bisexual. What matters is that you are a good person and act like one.
- I used to be very emotional but I think growing older make me more patience.
- I love to cook, while my cooking ability is about average I think I am improving every day.
- Movies, books, museums, galleries and live music hall were the things and places I spend my free time, mostly.
- As a digital person, I still keep my plan and notes using a paper notebook, Moleskine preferably.
- I care much with those who I consider as friends, sometimes too much to the point it annoyed them.
- I prefer walking and taking public transportation than driving but I love to drive as fast as I could if condition allowed.
- I always afraid of getting fat to the point of nearly an obsession.
- My passion lies in creating something useful for people to use, that’s why I am in user experience business.
- People think I am a perfectionist but I am not, I just want to be the best in everything I do.
- I prefer being a generalist than a specialist, specialization is for insect.
- I can be extremely cynical, it doesn’t happened so much, but when it happened, you will noticed.
- I am starting to develop a fashion sense awareness, used to not care about how I dressed but now I put some thought when I am dressing.
- I have a really bad set of teeth, been thinking to fix them up but it will cost me a fortune, but I’ll do it anyway soon.
- I used to think life was suck but now I think life is as good as I want it to be.
- I love pets but I am allergic to the hair… Bummer. I also allergic to dust so I prefer clean places.
- I can play any kind musical instruments except bowing and blowing instruments.
- I am an Apple geek; currently owned a white Macbook, a white iPhone and silver iPod nano, but currently using ASP.NET and Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 for work.
- I owned avianto.com since 1998 and planned to keep it for the rest of my life.
- I am stubborn but always open to a reasonable argument and with decent delivery.
- While I am enjoy being online, there always be a day or two in a month I prefer to be disconnected. Talking about taking the time out.
Well, I did it. Hope you know me better now.