random oddness

I’ve been wondering, why ‘interesting’ things keeps happening to me. I mean, my life is always toggling and it’s hard to tell whether it’s good or bad, perhaps both at the same time. I recall the times when I was walking down my campus’ pavement in Taipei, chaperoned by a nitwit carrying a bible. The looneybunny told me she had a distinguish-interpreted bible. Turns out she is from Scientology. Dear me, I had to hide and turned off my phone for a week, and she already got some of my classmates into the whatever-brainwashing-courses. It’s scary to see on how the disciples lure around the campus catching the weak minded and dragged them into the brain laundry machine. Repressing the tail side of the coin and flip it downwards while having the head painstakingly upward all the time. Outcome: positive (looking) people but feeding the Jekyll inside. It’s only about time when will it went rampant. Urgh.

The latest story is, my grandmother has been ill and laying on bed for months. My mother had someone from the nearest church to give her communion at home. I never had any idea what this person was like, since I’m oftenly out of home at that time. But this time my parents went to Italy so they had me in charge. Shortly I prepared the table, candles, cross and other things for the small mass ceremony. Two minutes later came this Shrek-looking man and his lady. I offered him a drink, if he’s thirsty from the previous mass. I was trying my best to be polite to this whatever-stranger-from church (though I kinda loath these kinda people because they used to think themselves as a holy person) until he barked at me: “Itu nanti! Gusti Yesus hadir, semua harus menyembah!!” (translation: later! Jesus is here, all of you have to worship [in the context of bending down your knees] him!!) I was like…WTF!? I start to notice that this guy is crazy. But this isn’t the worst.

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a small critical consideration

Last week I can’t skip to my mail inbox without seeing Stephen Hawking on the Yahoo! featured news. When I’m on twitter, people and some big newspaper I’ve been following also post news about him. One news in a national newspaper even choked me with the title “Hawking Salah Mengartikan Tuhan” (Hawking Mislead the Meaning of God). Unfortunately, I’m confused why people raised ‘God’ and religion as the issue while the subject is a very famous scientist who concerned about human extinction?

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Jehovah Witnesses : A Cautious Mass Culture Religion

I. Latar Belakang

Percaya atau tidak, segala hal yang ada di dunia ini saling berkaitan satu sama lain. Fenomena yang kita kenal dengan mass culture ternyata berkaitan dengan meletusnya perang dingin antara Rusia dengan Amerika Serikat. Isu ini kemudian mulai diperdebatkan kaum intelektual [terutama di Amerika] sekitar tahun 1950-an[1]. Mass culture atau budaya yang dianut secara luas dan yang selama ini dipercaya disebarkan oleh Amerika sebagai negara adikuasa ternyata tidak semata-mata diperkenalkan secara massif lewat media dengan tujuan komersil belaka. Semenjak renggangnya hubungan Amerika dan Rusia pasca berakhirnya perang dunia ke-II, mulai muncul pandangan yang dicetuskan oleh Andrew Ross, yaitu bahwa mass culture dalam posisi sosialnya dipandang sebagai alat kontrol sosial. [Seperti yang kita tahu bahwa ideologi yang disebarkan melalui media perlahan tapi pasti menanamkan nilai-nilai dari Barat-meski di sisi lain ada dalih bahwa mass culture merupakan produk imperialisme elektronik-namun jika ditelaah Amerika sendiri sebagai salah satu negara pemilik perusahaan multimedia raksasa memiliki andil besar dalam imperialisme elektronik-sehingga akhirnya semua hal tersebut memiliki hubungan siklik]. Continue reading