Monday September 1, 2014 Search
Weather | Athens
29o C
23o 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, Platos 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 Internets 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)  
A great president
Dont feed the zombies
Keeping an eye on international developments
A few good men
Greek officials meet to fine tune strategy for Paris talks with troika
Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras will meet with his coalition partner, PASOK leader Evangelos Venizelos, and Finance Minister Gikas Hardouvelis on Monday ahead of crucial two-day talks w...
Large fire in Crete brought under partial control
A large fire that began in the early hours of Saturday in Hania, Crete, was brought under partial control on Sunday by a large force of firefighters who battled the blaze through the night. ...
Inside News
Prospect of Greek grand prix back on the agenda; huge investment needed
The prospect of a Formula One racing track in the Greek capital, first raised nearly half a century ago, has re-emerged, sparked by comments on the issue from Bernie Ecclestone, president an...
ANALYSIS
Juggling lighter tax burden and fiscal targets
The Greek government is under pressure from its own backers and society in general to lighten the tax burden at the same time as international lenders are demanding ambitious fiscal targets ...
Inside Business
SOCCER
Fulham striker Mitroglou set to re-join Olympiakos
Greek champions Olympiakos Piraeus are set to re-sign Kostas Mitroglou on loan from English second tier club Fulham after the striker arrived in Athens for talks on Sunday. An Olympiakos spo...
SOCCER
Tough draw for Greek sides in Europa League group stage
Following Thursday nights high, when all three Greek teams competing in the Europa League made it into the group stage of the competition, a harsh reality struck Friday as they found out wh...
Inside Sports
SPONSORED LINK: FinanzNachrichten.de
SPONSORED LINK: BestPrice.gr
RECENT NEWS
1. Greek officials meet to fine tune strategy for Paris talks with troika
2. Fulham striker Mitroglou set to re-join Olympiakos
3. Large fire in Crete brought under partial control
4. Prospect of Greek grand prix back on the agenda; huge investment needed
5. Juggling lighter tax burden and fiscal targets
6. Government tries to get handle on NPLs
more news
Today
This Week
1. A great president
2. Dont feed the zombies
3. Greek officials meet to fine tune strategy for Paris talks with troika
4. Prospect of Greek grand prix back on the agenda; huge investment needed
5. Juggling lighter tax burden and fiscal targets
6. Fuel tax cut would spark illicit trade, says sector expert
Today
This Week
1. Attack on gay couple in Athens leaves one man needing surgery
2. The battle against progress
3. Thessaloniki mayor Boutaris sworn in wearing yellow star amid Golden Dawn protests
4. Strong undersea quake occurs off island of Milos, felt in Athens
5. Greek quest for debt relief faces hurdles in Paris
6. Hardouvelis, ECB executive discuss bank program, stress tests
Find us ...
... on
Twitter
... on Facebook
About us  |  Subscriptions  |  Advertising  |  Contact us  |  Athens Plus  |  RSS  |   
Copyright 2014, H KAΘHMEPINH All Rights Reserved.