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Politics For All

December 21, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

In a democracy we are all politicians. When a society holds public opinion as the primary force of change, anyone who interacts with the public has a political responsibility to represent his or her ideas correctly.

Politics has been defined as a process by which groups make a collective decision. It is the five-ton tank moving slowly but definitively on its selective pathway. Those who drive the tank are mere responders to the collective force behind it: mere operators who function at the whim and guidance of the populace as engine.

The result of this system is a lack of leadership. Figures who succeed in this environment are those who can best gauge and act in accordance with the demands of the population. The system has no need for figures with independent perspectives. Only those who are able to act as the public sees fit and is able to weather the storm of media response are able to maintain a place of power.

Perhaps a result of this difficult task, we see an expansion of figures who function as politicians. When the populace wants to create sway the sphere of influence expands outwards to encompass other individuals who hold a significant chunk of public attention and yet function in a typically non-political role. Whereas we typically understand our politicians to be individuals elected to an office which creates legislation or leads the population, anyone who engages in a position pf public interaction is in fact a politician.

 

Among the new-age politician is the media figure and the artist. What were once figures subtracted from the decision-making engine of society are now primary spheres of influence. As a result, these figures must tow a very narrow line and consider closely the opinion of society at large before acting. Herein lies the great power of attention- anyone in the public spotlight has been given a bittersweet gift of copious attention with incredible responsibility.

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