Since last week I have been following closely the intense debate among expats in Indonesia about anonymous blogger, an issue raised by Fatih when he awarded Rob Baiton as the blogger of the week and praised Rob as one of the few Western bloggers who reveals his own true identity.
Fatih actually has written a lot of postings about what he calls ghost bloggers – 7 actually including the Rob Baiton’s posting – but this time he has successfully attracted many comments and ripostes, perhaps because he specifically targets ‘foreign expatriates who blog on Indonesia‘ under the pseudonymous.
Unspun reacted at the same day, and clipped Fatih’s post on his blog and said that he thoroughly agrees with Fatih. John Orford, Jakartass, and Treespotter contributed their thoughts on this issue on their own blogs as well as left passionate comments on each other’s respectively.
Oigal was the first one to react at Unspun’s, saying that he “will declare my real name and KTP the moment you can guarantee a expat (or anyone else) for that matter could receive a fair and just hearing in any court of justice in Indonesia“, which was rather quite funny because obviously Oigal thinks what he says actually matters and will be taken seriously by the authority (come on, our yours truly don’t even know how to switch on their expensive laptops, let alone understand what a blog is). But later he quickly changed (or forgot) his argument and moved on to accuse that bloggers who reveal their true identities suffer from “look at me syndrome”.
Oigal seemed pretty pissed off and started calling Fatih a little insecure blogger and ended up with the HF initial, although he’s careful enough to not put Fatih’s name (only a link to his blog) on his post. I totally resent this name calling and it rather destroys my joy of reading his funny, satire and cynical article.
Along the way Patung‘s site was also mentioned, which is confusing because I wouldn’t categorize Indonesia Matters as a blog, but I get the sense that Fatih detests those who participate in the discussion forum since most of them are anonymous and can go to the extreme from left to right and top to bottom thanks to people like Achmad Sudarsono who manages to insult pretty much everybody, every religion, and every country (although Achmad keeps trying to assure people that he’s a lover not a fighter, an ukulele player and has a killer move, better than Inul’s).
Jakartass said it’s a petty issue and doesn’t deserve to get his attention, although he left a lengthy comment on Fatih’s.
Before I could jump into this issue, Treespotter already said what I have had in mind.
Then just like any other issues, everybody has moved on. They have already posted other issues.
Just like that.
So what is it all about again?
Further reading: On Anonymous Bloggers (2)