Monday, July 09, 2007

You are in Turkish politics: Smile!

Monday, July 9, 2007 Turkish Daily News

Hans A.H.C. de Wit

Hardly any Turkish politician has the charisma, uses the appropriate language, or simply has the imagination to unite the Turkish nation. From right to left wing, from conservative to socialist, if only one of these present-day politicians had even 10 percent of the magnetism or the vision Mustafa Kemal Atatürk had, Turkey would be treated with more respect than it could ever dream of. And misanthropy would not flourish on Turkish soil. Atatürk started a new era for Turkey decades ago, and past and present politicians should complete in his spirit what he could not finish.

Turkish communication atmosphere
In recent weeks, I have witnessed some interesting developments in Turkey. For me, these have highlighted problems associated with the top-down flow of communication in Turkish politics, which lacks encouragement on meso-level and civil organization to be part of a communication platform. A platform that can have the layout of the physical infrastructure (communication and power distribution systems) especially on that of education, research and technology policy that is oriented toward improving the existing communication environment where the Turkish nation can be competitive, not only in business, but in politics as well.

The principles of the foundations of the republic of Turkey don't have to be violated; only the communication atmosphere will be improved. Whilst there are many issues in Turkish politics today, this article solely addresses those to do with communication.

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4 comments:

mirdifderya said...

Yes, Do you think, does Turkey have any politicions that can finish what Ataturk has started? Don't think so!

I have been sitting down last few days in my balcony and just listening buses and cars passing with loud music and promises that big politions are making, how immature can be! They make me smile not tent to vote! Turkey has been taken some advertisement award in Europe where is those awards winning style adverts for political parties? This is the time to use!

Hope election will be good for the Turkey's coming near future!

Hans A.H.C. de Wit said...

I dont think Turkey has a person, or it must be Kemal Derwish!
Therefor also my comment about the eductation system...people dont learn independent..

Turkey received ad awards, please, show????..)))))

Hans A.H.C. de Wit said...

In fact, if I look at the hits I got on TDN i-net site, looks like everybody agree with me...))

joybringer said...

You're right on target. Without charisma, leadership and the ability to attract with a message, how can Turkey go the distance?

Your observation is also correct about military leaders who can stand up and talk at the same time. As a former military officer, I was sent to many schools to learn how to communicate a message and lead. Maybe the politicians should go to one of these schools and learn something about presentation, leading and their message being a package to win with.