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Jakarta Post

Antyo Rentjoko: Writing the history of ordinary people

  • Agnes Winarti

    The Jakarta Post

Bonn   /   Tue, August 3 2010   /  09:15 am

Blogger Antyo Rentjoko chose the Indonesian word gombal, which implies “uselessness”, as the name for his blog. But is not completely useless.JP/Agnes WinartiAntyo’s  4-year-old blog was recently recognized as the best Indonesian-language blog, at the annual BOBs (Best Of the Blogs) Awards in Bonn, Germany.“Blogging is a means to maintain my sanity. It’s important for me to flush out what’s on my mind.
So, blogging for me is a very therapeutic experience,” the father of two teenage girls told The Jakarta Post after receiving his award in Bonn.Antyo, who turns 50 next year, keeps his youthful spirit alive by blogging — not the most common choice of media among his peers. Growth of social media in Indonesia is mostly celebrated by youngsters aged between 13 and 25. Internet penetration is still considered low, with only around 13 percent of Indonesia...