Turkish Prime Minister Blames Twitter For Mass Social Unrest, Because It Sure Beats Blaming Himself
from the try-again-please dept
You may have heard a thing or two about the protests going on in Turkey. If you haven’t, you really ought to read the news a bit more, because it’s a pretty big deal. What started as a small protest swelled into a very big one, with much of the anger being directed at Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Erdogan’s response? Blame Twitter.
“There is now a menace which is called Twitter,” Erdogan said. “The best examples of lies can be found there. To me, social media is the worst menace to society.”
If you wanted to demonstrate just how out of touch you are, and how in denial you are to complaints from the public, I’d have trouble thinking of a much better way to express it than those statements right there. It’s certainly not going to stop the anger and the protests. No one is hanging out near Taksim Square hearing that, and saying, “oh, gee, I guess it’s time to go home now.”
Mocking the tool that people are using to communicate and to organize is a strategy that’s never going to succeed, and can only serve to make things worse. It also makes clear how out of control the situation really is. When things are under control you don’t make statements like that one, which simply demonstrate a Prime Minister in denial.