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Republic Mimpi: Parodies and Political Engagement in Indonesia

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Republik Mimpi (literally mean “The Ideal Republic”) pioneered the first televised political parody in Indonesia. Though politically incorrect jokes and parodies have been a constant discussion in every dining room, office cube, coffee shop, and recently blog and web forum, Republik Mimpi attempt to articulate them further into a valid discourse on how to criticize, aspire and also give hope to the government of Republic of Indonesian in doing its mandate. Famous for impersonating the nation’s political authorities and figures—such as Si Butet Yogya as Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (interplaying the acronym of the current Indonesia president), Jarwo Kuat as Jusuf Kalla, Gus Pur as Gus Dur, Habudi as Habibie, Soeharta as Soeharto, and Megawati as Megakarti—the show continues to garner more fans especially students to attend the taping, and leading authorities and pundit interested as its guests. Its vernacular wits and cheeky references make the political topics at hand easier to digest and understand. Broadcasted by the 24-hours news television station, METRO TV, it is now considered one of the most influential show in the country. Many have argued that the show has underscored the pretentious bureaucratic culture in Indonesia and thus created a forum for Indonesians to express their opinion openly. Furthermore, its recent clashes with its own sponsor, H.M Sampoerna, the largest tobacco company in Indonesia and with former Minister of Communication and Information under Megawati’s administrator have enhanced the show’s credential and popularity as the foremost advocate for free speech. Yet, some critics have argued that the show undermined the credibility and accountability of Indonesian political system. It does not offer a real solution just quick fix entertainment. Most charged that the show itself is a profit seeker institution. Its main producer and originator, Effendi Ghazali, is also well-know political operative in Indonesian politics, sometime commissioned by certain candidates to run their communication campaign. This paper, thus, tries to examine how effective parodied show in articulating political issues and subject. Does the viewer perceive it as a legitimate source of political news? How much is the attention span of political discussion carries out in real life --meaning do viewers engage more politically after seeing the show? What is exactly the main purpose of these parodies?
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Rahmawati, Liana. "Republic Mimpi: Parodies and Political Engagement in Indonesia" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Northeastern Political Science Association, Omni Parker House, Boston, MA, Nov 13, 2008 <Not Available>. 2014-11-30 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p276747_index.html>

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Rahmawati, L. , 2008-11-13 "Republic Mimpi: Parodies and Political Engagement in Indonesia" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Northeastern Political Science Association, Omni Parker House, Boston, MA <Not Available>. 2014-11-30 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p276747_index.html

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Abstract: Republik Mimpi (literally mean “The Ideal Republic”) pioneered the first televised political parody in Indonesia. Though politically incorrect jokes and parodies have been a constant discussion in every dining room, office cube, coffee shop, and recently blog and web forum, Republik Mimpi attempt to articulate them further into a valid discourse on how to criticize, aspire and also give hope to the government of Republic of Indonesian in doing its mandate. Famous for impersonating the nation’s political authorities and figures—such as Si Butet Yogya as Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (interplaying the acronym of the current Indonesia president), Jarwo Kuat as Jusuf Kalla, Gus Pur as Gus Dur, Habudi as Habibie, Soeharta as Soeharto, and Megawati as Megakarti—the show continues to garner more fans especially students to attend the taping, and leading authorities and pundit interested as its guests. Its vernacular wits and cheeky references make the political topics at hand easier to digest and understand. Broadcasted by the 24-hours news television station, METRO TV, it is now considered one of the most influential show in the country. Many have argued that the show has underscored the pretentious bureaucratic culture in Indonesia and thus created a forum for Indonesians to express their opinion openly. Furthermore, its recent clashes with its own sponsor, H.M Sampoerna, the largest tobacco company in Indonesia and with former Minister of Communication and Information under Megawati’s administrator have enhanced the show’s credential and popularity as the foremost advocate for free speech. Yet, some critics have argued that the show undermined the credibility and accountability of Indonesian political system. It does not offer a real solution just quick fix entertainment. Most charged that the show itself is a profit seeker institution. Its main producer and originator, Effendi Ghazali, is also well-know political operative in Indonesian politics, sometime commissioned by certain candidates to run their communication campaign. This paper, thus, tries to examine how effective parodied show in articulating political issues and subject. Does the viewer perceive it as a legitimate source of political news? How much is the attention span of political discussion carries out in real life --meaning do viewers engage more politically after seeing the show? What is exactly the main purpose of these parodies?


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