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PacNet #64 – The Incredible Shrinking Indonesia

Still available on DVD, the 1957 science fiction cult film The Incredible Shrinking Man, based on Richard Matheson’s novel The Shrinking Man, chronicled the gradual dwindling in size of the hero, Scott Carey, from a robust six-footer to prey for the family’s cat. The cause of Scott’s misfortune was mist from a strange Pacific Ocean cloud passing over his boat. With tongue in cheek, we can place Indonesia’s international image and influence in Scott’s position. The mysterious cloud that drifted over the Indonesian ship of state was the 2014 Indonesian election and its transforming mist the votes that elected Joko Widodo – “Jokowi” ‒ president.