Social Media and Pop-Politicians: Bikini Pics, Racism, Violence and Ignorance


Once upon a time being a politician was a serious job description. Today, being a politician is being a celebrity wannabe. Presidents, Prime-Ministers, Ministers, Members of Parliament, Mayors and other kind of civil servants, lead a parallel life on Social Media, making thus a mockery of the Art of Governance. Online, they make political comments, they attack co-workers, they make stupid statements, they express their racism, threaten journalists, act as jesters, and reveal their darkest side.

Politicians are not alone in this because reporters do the same (having a couple of them even lost their jobs due to nasty exchanges on Twitter); however, since most reporters' income does not stem from tax payer funds, their behaviour online is not our concern; on the other hand, because tax payers support politicians we have the right to question their behaviour.

Modern life is very demanding and the use of technology in politics is welcome, but when we talk about Social Media (SM) in the Political Universe we understand it as a vehicle to receive political clarifications more quickly, as opposed to have to watch Parliament TV (or any other similar conduit). This degree of SM usage is to stay at the professional level not personal:
  • Is it proper for politicians to share their bikini, or nude, pics on their Facebook (FB) account?
  • Is it proper for them to spew their racism on their Twitter or FB account?
  • Is it proper for politicians to threaten violence against journalists (like the Portuguese now former Minister of Culture, João Soares, who last week, in his FB account, “promised to hunt down” two columnists and “slap them”)? 
  • Is it proper for them to use SM to incite racism, hatred, violent nationalism etc?
  • Is it proper for politicians to use FB to express their cowardice by talking about those they work with behind their back (like a Portuguese Socialist MP, Isabel Moreira [the above bikini and semi-nude girl], who used her FB account to shame a colleague who had miffed her live on TV)?
  • Is it proper for politicians to use Social Media to express their utter ignorance about Terrorism (e.g. blaming right wing policies for its existence [Miguel Tiago])?
  • Is it proper for them to compete on SM to see who is the most ignorant and vile of all?

Why did such individuals join politics in the first place? Obviously, it was not to serve the People, but to serve their own interests – rotten interests. And the worst of it all is that these so-called civil servants are so distracted by SM that they fail to do their job properly. Furthermore, these folks spend so much time on Social Media that they don't even bother to educate themselves on basic items like the Arab-Israeli Conflict, preferring instead to go after the crowd they follow online and repeat the same venomous lies that BDS Hooligans repeat over and over again – which explains the silly EU nonsensical guidelines and stance regarding the only Beacon of Light in the Middle East; and the terrorist attacks against European targets.

Therefore, what we witness today is people's id rejecting in absolute terms the mediation of Ego (which, according to Freud, abides to the reality principle) – immediate gratification is their commandment.

(..) most of [id] is of a negative character and can be described only as a contrast to the ego. We approach the id with analogies: we call it a chaos, a cauldron full of seething excitations. ... It is filled with energy reaching it from the instincts, but it has no organization, produces no collective will, but only a striving to bring about the satisfaction of the instinctual needs subject to the observance of the pleasure principle. - Sigmund Freud 

Any politician worthy of that name should either use Social Media for professional purposes only or close all his/her accounts all together. We want to believe we elect rational people to manage our state affairs, but unfortunately SM is revealing the lowest side of the elected and then we wonder why people are disconnected from politics: who wants to elect an opinionated, over exposed, vulgar individual to legislate our lives? Irony has it, however, that by abdicating from their right, and duty, to engage in politics and to vote they end up by putting low people in Power.


(Image: What people won't do for money - Adriaen van de Venne)

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Comments

  1. I agree that politicians should use Social Media for professional purposes only or close all his/her accounts all together. As you rightly point out that there are proper things to do and things not to do by them to be effective in their career.

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    1. Hi Rummy :D!

      Exactly; they should be wiser.
      Thank you so much for your comment, my friend :D.

      Cheers

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  2. Politicians who use the social media to expose their bodies and threaten others should quit their position all together.

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    1. Hi Anonymous :D!

      I agree. Where's the decorum and the respect for the position they hold, right?
      Anon, thank you so much for your comment :D.

      Cheers

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  3. Political leaders and legislators shouldn't even be on Social Media at all. They should abide by the same rules as the President of the United States's immediate family.

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    1. Hi Cristina :D!

      After reading what many of them do and say online, I think I must agree. Ha: perhaps the first family is on SM under aliases? But even so, you are right cause, they automatically put a boundary to their behaviour.
      Cris, thank you so much for your comment :D.

      Cheers

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  4. That Portuguese MP is too skinny, she shouldn't post her pics online. No, Max, it's not proper to use the social media to make an ass of themselves. So maybe, just maybe, they should close all their accounts if they can't keep it professional. Should they lose their jobs for it too? Yeah.

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    1. Hi Jake :D!

      She shouldn't since she's a representative of the people, not because she's too skinny (who cares about that? It's her problem not ours). Exactly, they must keep it professional and drop the "I wanna be a star too" act (so unbecoming).

      "Should they lose their jobs for it (..)?"

      Many of them do already. The Portuguese former Minister of Culture lost his job for threatening the columnists. Now this must become a trend: you mess up online, you cross that line, you're out.

      Jake, thanks for your comment, man :D.

      Cheers

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  5. As I have said elsewhere, what politicians on this planet do with SM and other forms of public expression would be completely unacceptable on the planet that I come from. For example, when offered money a former president from my planet, Harry Truman, said, "You don't want me. You want the office of the president, and that doesn't belong to me. It belongs to the American people and it's not for sale". Such an attitude would be unthinkable here on Earth. But I am just an alien here and who am I to judge the standards of Earthlings? Shouldn't they be free to honor the things that they consider honorable, and scorn the things they consider shameful?

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    1. Hi Looney :D!

      lol welcome, alien friend. You offered us a very good example, indeed, but on earth we have two or three decent leaders, at the most (all the rest is utter garbage). Does your planet still have fine presidents as Mr Truman?

      Looney, thank you for your humour :D.

      Cheers

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