Watching Preman Pensiun: Ethnography Study on Retired Bodyguards as Preman Pensiun Soap Opera Viewer
Preman Pensiun which is directed by Aris Nugraha is a popular TV sitcom (soap opera) on top rating in one Indonesian TV channel. This series is about daily life of retired bodyguards and their family in one of biggest city in Indonesia with all highlifestyle, Bandung. This series also shows portrait of the marginality through main characters, such as bodyguards who are displayed so playful with strong locality discourse. The purpose of this study is to see the practice of watching television through ethnographic method. This is an important issue seen in the context of great change in Indonesian media especially television after political transition in Indonesia since 1998, because it has created the number of people living below the poverty line and also various television programs have increased quickly in this time period, for example situation comedy. Based on my research, the practice of watching television is categorized as multiple activity in one time and the existence of television in various rooms such as in family room and bedroom shows that television has been integrated and cannot be separated from everyday life.
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