Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Reading the Nationalism-o-meter

On the way to Metro station this morning, I asked Sisil why Indonesians in twitland and fb became suddenly very nationalistic on Aug 17 -- and we don't.

She thought it's a wrong question. It is not that these people's nationalism-o-meter increases these days, but the urge to update twitter/fb status. The latter motive will pick up anything closer to home in one particular day -- any mass psyche deemed relevant on the day, like nationalism in every Aug 17 or religious revivalism in every Ramadan.

I concur.