Indonesia’s Small Acts of Defiance Can be Big Blow for IS

Dita Alangkara/AP
Dita Alangkara/AP

by: Harry Febrian

this article was first published in The Jakarta Post

Everybody was shocked by the attack in Jakarta on Jan. 14 that resulted in the deaths of eight people, including the alleged perpetrators, and dozens injured. Suddenly, Jakarta became the center of the world’s attention.

Terrorism is complicated and sometimes hard to define. Jeffrey D. Simon (1994), for example, reports that at least 212 different definitions of terrorism exist across the world. But from all the hustle and bustle of hundreds of definitions, researchers Alex Schmid and Albert Jungian from the University of Leiden found that “causing fear” is a concept that appears in 51 percent as the main component of terrorism.

As the tragedy was unfolding, emotional messages poured out through social media. People were angry, sad and shocked. But if fear was what the terrorists hoped to inflict, they failed.

Within hours, people took back social media in an act of defiance. People showed solidarity through hashtags, tweets, statuses and even memes. Jokes were exchanged, shared and reshared. Instead of talking about the terrorists, people discussed ordinary people: a satay seller who calmly grilled his wares near the crime scene, police personnel and their good looks, people taking selfies near the blast debris and much more. Some even took to Instagram, selling shoes similar to the ones worn by pictured police officers.

People have hailed this as an example of Indonesian resilience in the midst of terror. For some, this might be analyzed not as an act of bravery, but ignorance. The pessimism, of course, has a legitimate standing. But to see it in another perspective, especially from the Islamic State (IS) movement, which claimed responsibility for the attack, these trivial things can deal a huge blow to their plans to expand their network in Indonesia.

To understand this, we must go back to the beginning of IS. In 2014, the term “femtorisk” was coined by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science of the United States of America (PNAS). From the word “femto”, a prefix meaning one-quadrillionth, the term is used to refer “a numerically small phenomenon capable of exerting an outsized impact on global politics”.

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In Fighting Radicalism, We Must Go Beyond Censorship

Christina Goggi/Flickr
Christina Goggi/Flickr

by: Harry Febrian

this article was first published in The Jakarta Post

The government’s move to ban websites allegedly promoting radical views should come as no surprise. After being bombarded by several extremist-related problems, such as the group of Indonesians who attempted to cross over to Syria via Turkey and the broadcast of videos in the Malay language used to woo Indonesians to join the Islamic State (IS) movement, the government was forced to do something.

It has been somewhat of a pattern. Whenever signs of radicalism arise, the government reacts. But sadly, oftentimes it only shows that the government lacks the initiative to fight the radicals and can only generate hasty and reactive moves. Continue reading “In Fighting Radicalism, We Must Go Beyond Censorship”

3 Hari Untuk Masa Depan

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Hal bernilai kadang tidak bisa diukur oleh waktu. Itu mungkin cara terbaik mendeskripsikan Workshop Pers Kampus yang diadakan oleh Serikat Jurnalis untuk Keberagaman (Sejuk) yang diadakan di Wisma Hijau, Cimanggis, Depok pada 25-27 Maret 2011 kemarin.

3 hari tentu relatif singkat, namun pengalaman yang didapat jauh melebihi kuantitas hari. Rangkaian tema seminar yang sangat menarik, pembicara yang mumpuni di bidangnya, dan diversitas peserta menjadi pengalaman yang berharga sekali.

Memfokuskan tema-tema HAM, kebebasan beragama, dan kesetaraan gender dengan jurnalisme kampus, membuat acara ini menjadi menarik dan unik dibandingkan acara serupa. Pembicara berkaliber seperti Usman Kansong, Ayu Utami, Luthfi Assyaukanie, dan Ketua Komnas Perempuan Yuniyanti Chuzaifah berhasil memberikan pemaparan yang menarik dan memperkaya pemahaman peserta. Continue reading “3 Hari Untuk Masa Depan”

Facebook Will End? Totally Hoax!

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Beberapa hari lalu, ramai berita Facebook akan ditutup. Cukup heboh, baik di Facebook sendiri ataupun di Twitter. Di Indonesia maupun mancanegara. Ketika saya cek, kesal sekali rasanya. Ternyata banyak situs berita resmi Indonesia, jadikan lelucon murahan itu sebagai berita.

Kalau hoax beredar di jejaring sosial, blog, atau forum, wajar. Tapi kalau situs berita resmi ikut-ikutan, keterlaluan. Tidak hanya satu, setidaknya saya lihat 4-5 situs resmi.

Pengamatan saya, ada dua macam, satu yang menelan mentah-mentah isunya dan dijadikan berita. Semacam lagi, jelas sudah tahu itu hoax, namun masih diberitakan seolah-olah sungguhan, baru di kalimat terakhir, pembaca diberitahu itu cuma hoax.

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Buku “Agama” Saya adalah Jurnalisme

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Hari ini kiriman buku saya sampai juga. Baru pertama kali saya beli buku via pemesanan langsung. Begitu tahu bukunya sudah beredar, saya langsung kirim email, minta dikirimkan satu. Itu kira-kira tanggal 14 Desember tahun lalu.

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