If the parliament is a reflection of society, then the next four years in the Sejm, Poland’s lower house of parliament, will reflect our total “stupidification” as a society. Merely a few years ago, before the age of social media, a reasoned debate on ideology or policy was possible, without the rush to find the support of nameless masses hidden behind nicknames on social media.
Principles have fallen to the wayside and the king is nude, but the people love it. Social media was supposed to fuel democracy, increase transparency and spread information.
Instead, it has led to a citizenry brought up with quick, bite-sized information, and taught them not to delve into texts longer than a few hundred characters.
How are people supposed to check the ego of politicians if they’re too busy stroking their own egos on a daily basis? While we have always been the center of our own universe, now we share that fact more than ever, posting everything to what we had to breakfast to what music we’re listening to without the slightest hint of humility.
For those people engaged in politics, it’s a matter of chasing the latest outrage while completely neglecting issues of nuance or depth.
What should we expect from politicians then?