Yes, folks, for some time now the writing’s been on the wall ~ assuming hyperspace has such limits. The power of bloggers has proved so overwhelming that “the ruling party has decreed that candidates for posts will be required to set up blogs, a turnaround for governing politicians who had derided online politicking“.
Of course, that isn’t here in Indonesia because, as everyone knows, Ministers and former Presidential spokesmen are more than welcome to archive their speeches and articles, much as journalists and newspaper columnists do. Juwono Sudarsono, the Minister of Defence, no longer graces the Top 100, maybe because Yusril Ihza Mahendra, the former Minister of Justice and Human Rights and soon-to-be soap opera star has slipped past him into position 97. Wimar Witoelar, Gus Dur’s spokesman a few years ago, is immensely popular, presumably because he is chubby cheeked and cheeky, and has an amazing hair style which dominates the TV screen. His blog is at no.6.
(Jakartass is only at no.8, which is ok as I have no intention of becoming a media personality. Or a politician.)
As I have documented over the past week or so, overwhelming pressure from internet users forced the government’s delegated and responsible Minister here to apologise for blocking websites. The Minister for Women’s Affairs agrees with those of us who suggest that the notion of masseuses wearing chastity belts (rather than the male punters who could adopt those shown on this page) is ridiculous. And the losing political parties in West Java may be considering plugging into the ‘people’s power’, the blogosphere which has got the Malaysian ruling party in a tizz. (If you can’t beat them, join them, eh?)
Personally, I think hyperspace has too much waffle floating around as it is and I see no reason why I should be shunted aside by political crap from vested interests. It’s all lies guaranteed to generate vitriol. For example, the following statement is virtually guaranteed to be responded to – venomously: I firmly believe that Ken Livingstone is the greatest living Londoner, and deserves to be elected Mayor for Life.
Having got that out of my system, it’s only fair to point you in the direction of a few more blogs I’ve recently discovered, blogs which are worth keeping an eye on whatever their authorship or ranking.
I’ll do that tomorrow.
Or the day after.