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The coming federal election and the blogger scene

If Peter Praschl is right in his assertion that not so long ago there was a lot of discussion in the blogger scene (cf. Everyone is editor-in-chief) gave a quasi-consensus on politics ("radically democratic", "civil rights"), one could wonder how this scene will behave in the upcoming federal election. A foray.

On the surface, the aforementioned basic consensus is still intact. For on a surprisingly large number of pages the election campaign, especially that of the major parties, is covered with bitter mockery, but also the Greens and the FDP get their fat off. Admittedly, this often involves no more than watching the political professionals at work, and they offer enough embarrassment. Misguided party advertising, the lamentable chancellor’s duel, and other cane crepusers are spit out by bloggers with professional accuracy. Even election projections, which would make any polling institute green with envy in their precision, can be found weeks before the election, along with the programmatic positions of the parties on the Internet for netizens interesting information that they so elsewhere (but at Telepolis, Cf. Contradictory traditions) hardly find.

For the laughable term "Competence Team" there exists a very own weblog, which gathers nothing but laughable, strange and bizarre terms – together with the related, mostly short discussions. This could be understood as a kind of neo-dadaistic protest against the misuse of language by the election campaigners, although it is not explicitly meant politically. But the unambiguous political self-positioning is not the bloggers’ thing anyway.

While the more or less quick-witted handling of the absurd everyday life of the election campaign is the rule, explicit political militancy that is not disguised satirically may be considered the exception.

Whether this is due to the fact that "hard negation" It is not possible to decide whether this is due to the fact that Wlaf Droste seems to be taking hold of the image of the relaxed data flaneur that many bloggers would like to project of themselves, or to the unspoken confusion about what to do with all the nonsense of parliamentarism. If at all hints are made about one’s own electoral preferences, it is striking that something seems to take hold that Wiglaf Droste describes as "political explosion" has diagnosed.

The horror of a Federal Republic ruled by Stoiber seems to make the horror of a continuation of the Red-Green coalition more acceptable to many – Kosovoluge or not, securing the existence of German nuclear power or not.

What every conservative government has been rightly accused of, the "center-left"-coalition of Schroders and Fischers is forgiven in a kind of gate-keeping panic – or even credited as achievement. With the grossest Staatsburger-like seriousness that can be thought of in this context, one paints the (quite correct) gloomy picture of a bavarianized republic on the wall, in which Ede Stoiber with the 7-series BMW roars over everything that was promised by the change of government in 1998 – and forgets that Schroder, Scharping and Fischer have long since roared over it, partly with tank tracks. The hopes of yesteryear are a wish list for reality, which can no longer be fulfilled because of the very nature of the system, since the scope for shaping it is only rhetorically conjured up.

It is too bitter to realize this, and that’s why they are all back, even among bloggers, the commonplaces about the catastrophe to be prevented (as if it hadn’t taken place long ago), about the urgently needed solutions

(as if the political class did not produce "Solutions" like sand on the sea), and of course, who would have guessed it, about that tamest phantom of the opera, the so-called "smaller ubel" (as if it were not the twin). Even the possibility of deliberately choosing incorrectly is only reflected in exceptional cases.

The bloggers have one of the most powerful communication systems in history in their hands, but in the face of the dark threat from Bavaria, they can no longer afford to think about and discuss alternatives to the same old thing – be they the 22. September elective or not. In this respect there is again a basic consensus. In a negative way. Pity.

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