Gute Nacht da draußen, wo immer ihr auch seid.

The mixer

This week we just can’t ignore the most dis­cus­sed new ger­man twit­ter user: It’s the Secretary-​General of the ger­man party SPD, Huber­tus Heil. He used twit­ter during his visit in the United Sta­tes, where he atten­ded the Obama show in Den­ver. There are quite inte­res­ting nega­tive and posi­tive reac­tions to this new hobby of Mr. Heil. You can find these reac­tions in twit­ter and in an arti­cle of the ger­man life­style maga­zine
Der Spie­gel.

It’s a cor­rect esti­ma­tion to say that some­ti­mes you’ll be cri­ti­ci­zed imme­dia­tely if you do some­thing for get­ting publi­city. You can see the arti­cle in Der Spie­gel quite easy­ily as that of kind of cri­ti­cism. But not every cri­ti­cism that comes up quickly is intrin­si­cally wrong.

We don’t mind politi­ci­ans doing things that nor­mal citi­zens do as well. We do mind if they’re just pre­ten­ding to do so. It’s one cha­rac­te­ris­tic of the politi­cal stra­tegy of Obama, Heil’s idol and rea­son to come to Den­ver, to make clear he’s not that kind of faker. Believe it or not. In Ame­rica the media don’t believe that com­ple­tely and the­re­for they’re tal­king about play­ing cards.

One thing that is crys­tal clear is that Heil’s sho­w­ing up on twit­ter was plan­ned as a part of his politi­cal actions. You can see that in one of the dele­ted tweets of his account:

Most irri­ta­ting this plan did not result in pre­sen­ting any own politi­cal idea. It also sounds like this whole action wasn’t his own idea. And though twit­ter is much about pre­ten­ding and the idea that there is no non­con­for­mity of tweets, because these belong to the sub­jec­tive man­ner to describe rea­lity, Heil is defi­ni­tely a can­di­date for TMI to us.

This is so because Heil con­ti­nuously mixes pri­vate, jour­na­li­s­tic and polit­cal stuff in his tweets. It’s not clear if he wants to be on twit­ter as a pri­vate man, a politi­cian or a jour­na­list. Actually there are enough jour­na­lists and Heil’s pri­vate life does not attract many people.

In this week’s tweet this mixing is inherent:

Heil tells us that the mem­bers of the ger­man Bun­des­tag Rolf Müt­zenich and Niels Annen bought a skate­board and shoes during their visit and that they now can get back to work all toge­ther.

Is this a politi­cal infor­ma­tion or a pri­vate one? We do think it deals with pri­vate mat­ters of Müt­zenich and Annen. And for sure there will be jour­na­lists to see this in a politi­cal con­text. Anyhow, Heil does not make clear what rele­vance his tweets have and how they should be seen as.

Per­haps we should read Heil’s state­ments as the fol­lo­wing tweet should be read, where he tells us how Obama should call his wife:

Bull­s­hit. [1]

So finally it turns out that the twit­ter ques­tion to Mr. Heil has to be posed more exactly: “What the fuck are you doing?”


[1] fol­lo­wing Harry Frank­furt On bull­s­hit, Prin­ce­ton Uni­ver­sity Press, 2005

Keine Kommentare zu „The mixer“

  • Das stimmt schon irgend­wie. Aber ande­rer­seits hat er die Latte für twit­ternde Poli­ti­ker in Deutsch­land schon mal etwas ange­ho­ben. Wenn ich mir da so die Jungs von der FDP ansehe, da kommt ja gar nichts rüber.

    Patrick - 01.09.2008 um 10:56 Uhr - Antworten

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