Tuesday September 16, 2014 Search
Weather | Athens
28o C
21o C
News
Business
Comment
Life
Sports
Community
Survival Guide
Greek Edition
Insensitive fools

By Pantelis Boukalas

In imitation of other countries, politics in Greece is being increasingly and more broadly exercised on the Internet, partly because the anonymity of the medium allows politicians to launch personal attacks against their peers that even the yellowest of the press would hesitate to publish. It is not at all certain whether all of our politicians have fully comprehended what it means to do the job they have chosen – or simply inherited from their families as a “sure thing” – in the Internet age. Whether web experts or technophobes, their interest in the Internet is normally exhausted by the time they get their own website and create a profile on Facebook, tasks that they assign to communications experts and spin doctors, who could be seen – rather generously – as the paid court portraitists of the modern age.

The politicians themselves are prepared to get actively involved only when it comes to the new shadowy game of Twitter, and they seem to be in thrall of the medium. Many of them have the completely unfounded feeling that on Twitter they display the intellect of Heraclitus or Confucius, that they are capable of dishing out weighty words of wisdom in 144 characters or less, reviving the golden days of philosophy, taking us back to the 3rd or 6th century BC, to the age of sages and the creators of religion. Of course, if we had so many wise men in power right now, whether in politics or economics, Plato’s dream would have already come true.

Naturally, they tend to go over the top in their posts, often in a childish manner. Their tendency to hyperbole, meanwhile, prevents them from seeing understanding one of the Internet’s main attributes, which is not access to a plethora of new toys and games for all ages, but its permanence. The main attribute of this endless bank of information is that it allows even its most inexperienced users to revisit the words and actions of every political leader or wannabe politician and public figure. If users read a politician saying that his “principles remain steadfast,” they can easily prove how empty the words are by republishing other statements (even on video) where he appears to contradict himself time and time again, though probably with the same enthusiasm and the same photogenic pose of looking far into the future. They can show him up for what he is: a voluntary hostage to his own ambitions.

The fact is that many politicians have already been exposed this way, but mostly they just smile when they are, either because they are indifferent or because they are just too cynical. After all, even Confucius could have said that sensitivity in politics may make you known, but insensitivity will make you famous.

ekathimerini.com , Monday Jan 28, 2013 (21:48)  
Lessons not learned
Promises, promises
Lost in the fog
Sending out a clear message
Greece at bottom of social justice scale among EU28
Greece ranks last on a social justice scale assessing the performance of all 28 member states of the European Union and compiled by the Bertelsmann Foundation in its annual report. "Greece s...
Greece will not become Weimar, Samaras says
Greece has returned from the brink of collapse, said Prime Minister Antonis Samaras Monday, while lauding the country’s ability to keep going through the damaging effects of the crisis. “The...
Inside News
Job creation is mostly seasonal
Employment in Greece rose by 1,311 jobs last month, according to figures for August from the Labor Ministry’s Ergani database that were released on Monday, but this increase had much to do w...
Primary surplus at 2.3 bln euros in end-August
The 2014 state budget showed a primary surplus of 2.3 billion euros on a cash basis in the first eight months of the year, the Bank of Greece announced on Monday. The cash deficit came to 2....
Inside Business
WATER POLO
Greece wins women´s U19 Europeans in water polo
Greece won the women’s European Under-19 Championship in Italy beating the host in Sunday’s final, for what was the country’s second gold medal in the competition’s history. The Greek teenag...
SOCCER
Veria alone on Super League summit
Olympiakos appeared in fine shape ahead of its Champions League premiere against Atletico Madrid on Tuesday, beating visiting OFI 3-0 on Saturday, but Macedonian minnows Veria are those that...
Inside Sports
SPONSORED LINK: FinanzNachrichten.de
SPONSORED LINK: BestPrice.gr
 RECENT NEWS
1. Greece at bottom of social justice scale among EU28
2. Job creation is mostly seasonal
3. Primary surplus at 2.3 bln euros in end-August
4. Supermarket chains stifling traditional retail food stores
5. Hardouvelis sees great interest abroad in investing in Greece
6. Bourse quiet as investors sit and wait
more news
Today
This Week
1. Greece at bottom of social justice scale among EU28
2. Promises, promises
3. Lessons not learned
4. Central Athens traffic restrictions back in force on Monday
5. Democracy under Pressure | Live Streaming
6. Lost in the fog
Today
This Week
1. A Greek God
2. Greece on standby
3. Avramopoulos appointed Commissioner for Migration and Home Affairs
4. Central Athens traffic restrictions back in force on Monday
5. EU bank tests may miss trillion dollar risk, study finds
6. Pavlos Fyssas murder trial expected to start before the end of the year
   Find us ...
  ... on
Twitter
     ... on Facebook   
About us  |  Subscriptions  |  Advertising  |  Contact us  |  Athens Plus  |  RSS  |   
Copyright © 2014, H KAΘHMEPINH All Rights Reserved.