Annalena Baerbock had come to mind more than clumsily. In view of the photographs of the dehydrated and trembling Chancellor, the young green politician had supposed at a press conference on the immediate climate protection program that he "would indicate, so to speak to the Chancellor, that this climatic summer has effects on health ".
Certainly, the Greens can not wait for the bell to ring for new elections, as long as the party is in its fabulous record. As the stock market says, there is "fantasy". Overworked head of government, overheated summer – in the imagination of the Green Party president, this seemed to add to the first act of a changing theater.
But Baerbock's telediagnostic approach missed his target and turned around, outrage immediately followed. On Twitter, the politician rowed Saturday morning. His statement was "a mistake", "I apologized to the Chancellor for doing so, and I thought about making a connection that does not exist." Oh yes.
The flash frequency increases
Public dramaturgy – say, verdict of guilt, apology – generally follows the same pattern. The beginning is an affront, a verbal derailment. The transgression provokes an indignant resonance that "should not stop in this way". Now comes the time of the public petition in favor of forgiveness, a confession, a gesture of expected killing. Since the march of Canossa, the process is not very different, even at the beginning of the digital age.
Where is it? Because the pace has become faster now, the flash frequency is increasing in the era of Twitter storms. It goes faster and faster, parallel to Bolero's acceleration compared to Ravel's Rock 'n Roll, for a pounding of techno. Both seem to be increasing at the moment: the number of derailments as well as the sensitivity to the detection of insults of all kinds, especially because they, distributed by the network, are increasingly perceptible by more and more people.
Any naslang is publicly disavowed, especially when you tweet, post, blog an individual, a group, a project, just the unregulated digital space it is – again -. Likewise, all Naslangs apologize, verbal fragments are swept away, political and other. Roderich Kiesewetter, member of the CDU parliament, had to apologize to blogger Rezo for this misleading claim on Twitter, which works on behalf of an advertising agency.
On Facebook, he apologized for Facebook
An Austrian MEP verbally repented for her racist message on Facebook that Africans "do not want to think and work like us, Europeans, but like us to live the Europeans". In March 2018, Facebook's founder, Zuckerberg, was forced to apologize for the massive misuse of user data by Cambridge Analytica. On Facebook, he apologized for Facebook. "We have the responsibility to protect your information," he said. "If we can not guarantee that, we do not deserve to work for you." Giant Cleric of a giant.
Harry Shearer, a passionate collector of evidence of remorse, has for years exploited the abundance of cases handled by the network via the media and social networks. As the host of "The Show", he quotes the excuses of the week on American radio "The apology of the week". Sometimes it is even big historical cases.
In June, for example, Prime Minister Trudeau apologized to the country's Italian community for interning Italo-Canadians during the Second World War. They were suspected of sympathizing with Mussolini. The same month, the governor of California apologized for the injustice done to natives in the 19th century. But most cases fall into the category of insults and many relate to uncontrolled actions and verbal utterances.
More information about the June Shearer collection: A university apologized to students for the sexist remarks made by a pianist at a concert on campus. A focus group apologized to a climatologist for defaming his work and deleting an article from his website. The mayor of Tucson, Arizona, was publicly outraged at using the word "fucking" ("he dropped an F bomb," according to the definition).
The mayor of Phoenix, also in Arizona, apologized to the parents of a four-year-old who had been threatened with a gun by police officers for stealing a doll in a supermarket. The model Bella Hadid regretted in front of Arab followers an Instagram photo on which her shoe sole was referring to machines of Arab airlines, interpreted as a symbolic kick. No, no, an "honest mistake". A union leader in Minnesota apologized to war veterans for missing his words on a US Navy ship. A sports journalist was "very sorry" for his "insensitive comments" on baseball players.
It is a real insight
"There is more," promises the radio man in between, "stay tuned." The global apology crop, which he can expand every time, is amazing.
On the balance of calculation to sincerity, each excuse receives its own color – the excuse is a cultural technique, an art that defies thought and feeling. "The bad character," he says in an old phrase, "does not forgive two things: the bad thing he did to you and the good you did to him."
To apologize, it is to understand one's own wrongdoing and hope to forgive one's ability to be kind. Anyone who is forced to crawl on crosses, or who speculates on the advantage that intelligent appeasement should bring to a "sorry", does not apologize. On the contrary, it urges the recipient to deal with simulated affect, to react to bad play or to risk further escalation.
Derailments that remain uncertain prevent the understanding, analysis and resolution of the conflict. Indeed, defamatory statements not only offend the offender, but also the ideal of the self who uttered the statement, because he suspects or knows that the behavior was antisocial. Honest excuses, on the other hand, expand the sovereignty, the integrity, of the one who chooses. This awareness is as old as proven in the infinite.
At the time of Twitteritis, which has long strikes the leaders of the state, it is wise to negotiate spontaneous impulses in the private sphere, instead of stammering the wanderers, which disturbs or hinders at this time. Where the digital trumpet whistles with the fingertips throughout the country, it is wise to put it away.
Annalena Baerbock's colleague and Green co-chair, Robert Habeck, has himself cleared the pitfalls when he deleted his data accounts on Twitter and Facebook. He is now giving up tens of thousands of followers and protecting his personal data – and his integrity.