Saturday, 08 August 2020

E Editorial

Virtual Armenia vs. Real Armenia

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The change of power in 2018 took place with the direct and decisive participation of a large mass. If before that the public influence in the political processes and in the administration of the state was insignificant and the elections were merely a ritual act of reproducing the power, the rash entry of the politicians changed the whole logic of the developments.

Nikol Pashinyan proclaimed himself the "prime minister of the people," declared the government's door "the people's door," and put in the centerpiece of his policy the slogan of "returning the people the last stolen penny." The masses felt themselves in power, and everybody from now on should have taken their opinion into account.

This was a new situation. Democracy in Armenia seems to have won, and the environmentalists' well-known "we are the masters of our country” slogan is now a reality. But not everything so smooth. As a result, a multilayered population with different intellectual potential and educational censorship was targeted. The political struggle was waged for the mind and heart of that mass. Social networks and websites have become the main tools of influence: the struggle has moved from street to virtual reality.

It is not accidental that the words "populism," "manipulation," "demagogy" have become the most demanding and the most up-to-date. The curses and manipulations became the stifling reality of the "New Armenia," and this time the people appeared on target. Organizing discussions based on constructive, creative and cold logic became impossible.

The people, the source of power, became the focus of speculation by various political forces and groups, and political life smoothly moved to a virtual world. Propaganda and anti-propaganda remained the main occupation of the media and social networks, where the parties concerned worked with and for the virtual society alienated from reality.

This is roughly the picture of the political life of the "New Armenia," which is growing deeper than the real Armenia. Mutual lies, manipulations, demagogy, mutual hatred, and accusations are the indispensable guides of our everyday life.

Maybe a really sobering shock is needed for the public and political forces to return to real Armenia, though this is the worst option. A much more desirable option is to step back from this place on your own and return to reality. Without coercion and as they say, without losses.

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