. . . instead make them listen to the latest novelty ring-tone, on endless loop
I’m not sure if such an idea has yet crossed the minds of this Indonesian/American odd couple, but once you start using music in the services of ideology which is what Abdurrahman Wahid and C Holland Taylor propose then why be modest in its application?
Okay, using cheesy pop to prevent mass murder has a charming naivet© about it and a cost-effectiveness to boot, given that the tactic necessarily goes head-to-severed-head against Saudi billions in the battle for the hearts, minds and ears of Indonesian Gens X and Y. But Make Love Not War (to the tunes of an omnipresent soundtrack) has been done before, and failed miserably case in point, the boomer counter-culture of the 60s, 70s . . . and today.
Plus “Dewa”, Wahid and Taylor’s pet band for their love-spreading agenda, seems a top-down imposition in this age of bottom-up manufactured music celebrity. Indonesia already has “Indonesian Idol”, and it seems an affront to the wallets of that country’s young to not have had the opportunity to pay to vote for Dewa’s rise to the top. These days, democracy is all in the delivery and if you don’t pay for it, you probably aren’t getting it.
More generally, ex-President Wahid has lately had form in the Wacky Ideas department although again, the possible involvement of the Indon state (or kleptocracy, to be more precise) in the 2002 Bali bombings shouldn’t be dismissed out of hand.
As for C Holland Taylor, he’s one of those dime-a-dozen Yank carpetbaggers currently found in this part of the world former US telco executive missionaries saving a far-flung outlier . . . but for or from what, I’m not so sure. For capitalism? Most probably. But in the end, Indonesia like Telstra most of all needs saving from itself. That is, give it earplugs, not music sepulchral silence is so-o-o underrated these days.
What the world needs now is another (Bob Dylan) like I need a hole in the head. So don’t tempt me or Indonesia’s exploding ring-tone generations, either.