Pop Culture Goes Viral



It is such serendipitous internet meets talent, then it splendidly goes viral. Some art prodigies are now inexpensively discovered only with two tickets, "creative & fortunate". All you need is only to make something different, insane, or indeed formidably captivating, then post it on internet. In addition you may conduct certain ritual to wish your luck comes closer and sooner. Let it be how it works then.

Some notably figures mentioning Justin Bieber for instance, is one of prominent publicity after his talent was discovered through his YouTube channel. See now he is then one of the most sought singer mostly by coming of age die-hard fan, despite of his corroding act most recent as media reveals. Though he is still the breakthrough. Later Korean Gangnam Style had made a tremendous headline 'almost' worldwide as long as you browse the internet. Followed by Harlem Shake of NYC origin appeared no longer afterward was also once successfully big hit. Here in Indonesia the most recent "Goyang Caesar" has emphasized its existence with local taste as a surging art pop product. However it is now more likely to face challenge such rejection with emblem "Stop Making Stupid People Famous".

Those successes are ample, so are their resemblances. Just go to YouTube then you'll find it is so rampant. Some talents are amazing but they are still in waiting-list for call onto glamorous fame, if they are lucky. Meanwhile the badluck guys, their talent may be subject to overly mocking with harsh comment, or simply call it "failed version". It is not merely ordinary grassroots who attempt to attract netizen worldwide, but also hugely success titled personalities utilizing the virtual world as tool to maintain their fame in real jungle life and indeed even more gaining broader fame by paving the way to reach isolated village, newly fresh typical tribal fan. If fortune comes by, luck is theirs.

It is always striking to me everyday I check YouTube up in the morning only to stroll around finding something new, more insane and funnier. If I'm lucky, I can easily get inspired by some channels. The rests are just for fun.

But today, it is staggering. My ex-students in a school where I used to do voluntary teaching did really made 'selfie' video of their Harlem Shake. Taken in the class using mobile phone camera, they (all boys) created their own crowd. The 1:03 long vid was posted few months ago and only gaining less than hundred views.




The phenomenon is now clearly happening. Internet for same parts has really shifted the way of people' life and thinking. Pop culture is now more mixed and existing like never before. For the good and the bad, it depends on how we overcome it, personally.



Sacrifice Day: Shower of Blood


Sacrifice Day: Mere Festivity or the Sake of Humanity ?


It was so kinda staggering when I unlocked the door and found no one at home (of student dorm) this noon. It is Sunday and still no shadow of human but two cute little cats strolling around. I texted one of housemates and then the reply got me realized everyone is about taking trip to go home for tomorrow feast day. Well, they seem having good time right now with family, thanks good internet connection has killed my boredom for me here alone but with my own shadow.

For my last two days taking voluntary job as judge of two competitions, I don't much scrutiny the upcoming events, though one of those is a holy feast day of most people here, moreover the calender is tinged red making it a national holiday. Everyday is holiday to me lately for having no classes but research project only. And time goes by so much fast. I hate to say it but it happens to me, getting much older with grayish memory.

The Sacrifice Day of muslim in this country shall be celebrated within hours, which means the moan of cow and goat is going to play in the air. The most striking yet mournful ones is the fresh blood flooding out, most of it is openly shown off to public. The practice of slaughtering on the sacrifice day is ubiquitous. This practice might be subject to offense of animal rights regarding to animal rights activist. But according to muslim cleric, the law in Koran said that the slaughtering must be not brutal and abusive, instead it should be followed by the name of God. Meanwhile for vegan, the slaughtering might be unnecessary.

(Correct me if I'm mistaken). The practice of sacrifice (by slaughtering) as many said in context of muslim belief origins from Abraham, as He was asked by the God to butcher his beloved son Ismael, the God wants to examine his faithfulness. In Exodus of Bible also teaches the similar practice, sacrifice by slaughtering (of lambs) to express forgiveness practiced by Israel after the exodus from Egypt. In Torah of Jewish the practice of slaughtering must meet the qualification of kosher law. Even in most practical believes in Goddess in the past also conducting slaughtering as symbol of robust faith. For the sake of belief commands, slaughtering is acceptable method in sacrifice ritual, symbol of thankfulness, forgiveness and faithfulness.

But the nowadays more critical mind surges off question over practice of slaughtering as sacrifice symbol is whether still relevant or not. Or perhaps it is just an eloquent ritual from ancient ancestors descended to its bigot follower, particularly to the Abrahamic religions (Islam, Christian, and Jewish)

I have no guaranteed answer to adjust or to disagree and indeed I'm not a perfect judge/priest. To me, I see this more from the view of on-purpose rather than of religious tension. Sacrifice I think is so much personal. I may act something that I am fully convinced that it is an absolute sacrifice, but people may take different side which means it tends to pragmatism, or vice verse.

In talking about slaughtering as practice of sacrifice, I deliberate my stance based on agreement toward meeting following requirements, to say it is likely acceptable.

  • Slaughtering in some occasions is recommended, i.e: taking assumption 'hunting' is slaughtering akin, the over population of certain species that causes imbalance in ecosystem (food chain), in order to stabilize, hunting/slaughtering/exterminating in tolerant percentage through appropriate way is allowed. (But, the case of over population of Homo sapiens sp. is sort of exception? Considering capital murder, innocent civil killing, genocide, and other human rights offense that causes death are serious crime)
  • The slaughtering is purposed to be sliced into meat then it is distributed to the poor. In some places, in my hometown for instance, not all people can eat meat as their regular meal. It may only take very few times a year particularly on occasion of certain holy feast days or on traditional wedding party, the meat can be found on the plate along with rice. The protein demand for metabolism may most likely not be able to be met in sufficient dosage every time. But the festivity could boost certain people's diet. The mission is more into humanity.
  • Slaughtering must be free from abusive treatment (Remember: slaughtering is not the same with killing). If those people believe in God or holding on certain belief that convincedly makes them to do slaughtering with sincere for the sake of good purpose, then do it. Perhaps that's why this practice has been always existing until present since over thousand years.ago.

Despite of unending debate over allowance of slaughtering as symbol of sacrifice practice in religion, at the end of the day, I think it is more into personal sensitivity and should be well considered before to do so. So the acting can be profoundly responsible.