Tweet This: Turkey Bans Twitter
Corrupt? Dealing with a political scandal? Try an old tactic with a new twist as Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan did when he decided to ban twitter. The thing about democracy is that it acts like a virus. Certainly, forming a democratic government and cultivating a democratic society is quite the challenge as it requires the balancing of a lot of people’s interests and the willingness of the most influential to sacrifice their some of power/key interests. Once a democracy is started, however, taking away the power and entitled rights of a People is certain to generate great social friction as social inertia is on the side of democratic freedom.
Banning away Twitter was an attempt to control the perception of the Turkish government and suppress the ability of the Turks to decide as a People the fate of their leaders. Governments around the world need to learn the one thing American politicians know best: when the lives of your People are aversively affected by your actions, they get angry and they get active. There is nothing than brings a democratic country together more than a politician messing with their lives. If you are trying to cope with civil unrest, the last thing you should do is suppress the opinions of your people by taking away something as popular as Twitter.
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