Self-originated Being! – Dedy N. Hidayat


Finally the late Prof. Dedy N. Hidayat’s book “Self-originated Being!” was released on November, 8th 2011. I feel honoured that my photographs of Mr Dedy was published as the cover and inserted on the ending pages.

Prof Dedy N. Hidayat (1951 – 2010) was a lecturer of Department of Communication Science, Faculty of Social and Political Science, University of Indonesia. He graduated his first degree of communication science in University of Indonesia on 1980); School of Journalism, Ohio University (Master of Science, 1984); and, College of Mass Communication, University of Wisconsin (Ph.D in mass communication, 1994). Okey Dokey, now I’d try to share you the review of this book in Bahasa Indonesia and in English.

Bahasa Indonesia :

“… ia ingin dikenang bukan dari baju biru muda dengan celana beige yang biasa ia kenakan sebagai identitasnya, tapi dengan buah pikiran dan tindakannya. He was totally self-originated being; he was who he created”. Adalah serangkaian frase dari penggalan kata pengantar dari Dr. Pinckey Triputra, M.Sc. dalam mendeskripsikan Prof Dedy. Beliau memang insan yang unik, dalam hal berpenampilan dan berinteraksi dengan para mahasiswanya. Namun di balik keunikan tersebut tertabung sebuah kekayaan intelektual yang membuatnya memperoleh penghormatan dan menjadi inspirasi bagi kalangan akademisi ilmu komunikasi di Indonesia.

Membaca tulisan Prof Dedy tidaklah terlalu mudah dipahami secara umum sebab pembacanya seyogyanya membutuhkan bekal pengetahuan tentang studi kritis atau politik ekonomi.  “Self-originated Being!” adalah kumpulan artikel opini yang ditulis Prof Dedy di Kompas selama 1979 – 2009 yang umumnya merupakan opini terhadap realita sosial di Indonesia dan dunia internasional. Sebanyak 41 judul artikel beliau dibagi ke dalam 5 bab antara lain:

I.            Kapitalisme, Xenophobia Barat, dan Pudarnya Dunia Ketiga.

II.            Nasionalisme, Globalisasi, dan Teknologi Pembebasan.

III.            Proyek Demokrasi, Bubble Politics Presiden, dan Robohnya Rasionalitas.

IV.            Mahasiswa Baru, Pengangguran Profesi, dan Pudarnya Pendidikan Tinggi.

V.            Politik Media, Opini Publik, dan Paradoks Kebebasan Pers.

Prof Dedy N. Hidayat memang telah meninggalkan kita pada 9 November 2010. Namun membaca “Self-originated Being!” akan membawa kita berinteraksi dengan beliau dan bersilaturahmi dengan critical stock-of-knowledge nya.

English :

“… he wanted to be remembered not by his light blue shirt with beige pants he used to wear as his identity, but by his thoughts and actions. He was totally self-originated being; he was who he created”. That is a series of phrases from the preface of Dr. Pinckey Triputra, M.Sc. in describing Prof. Dedy. Prof Dedy  was a unique human being, in terms of his grooming and interacting with his students. But behind his uniqueness, there is a huge tank of intellectual richness that makes him gaining respect and becoming the inspiration for the communication science academic persons in Indonesia.
Reading the writings of Prof. Dedy is not so easily and commonly understood if the readers do not have a sufficient basic knowledge about the critical study of political economic study. “Self-originated Being!” is a collection of opinion articles written by Prof. Dedy at Kompas during 1979 – 2009 which were his opinions about the social reality in Indonesia and internationally. Forty one titles of his articles are divided into 5 chapters :
I. Capitalism, Western Xenophobia, and the Fading of the Third World.
II. Nationalism, Globalization, and the Technology Liberation.
III. Project of Democracy, President’s  Bubble Politics, and the Fall of Rationality.
IV. New Student, Professional  Unemployment, and The Fading of Higher Education.
V. Media Politics, Public Opinion, and the Freedom of the Press Paradox.
Prof. Dedy N. Hidayat has left us on November 9, 2010. But by reading “Self-originated Being!”  would bring us to interact with him and go deep into his critical stock-of-knowledge.

To order “Self-originated Being!”, you can make a contact with Mr Ir. Firman Kurniawan Sujono, M.Si at 0811140199 or his Facebook at Firman Kurniawan. The book is Rp 60.000 (plus Rp 15.000 for the courier fee).

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