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Political and Civil

 It seems appropriate to write about the role media play in the political system and civil society of Georgia given that the media themselves have been such a hot topic of discussion recently. The general thesis is that mass media, in the hands of political elite, have always been a tool for controlling the masses in Georgia. To be more precise, the elite have always used media to stay in power while the counter-elite have used media to come to power (including through revolution). The...

What Happened on 26 May?

Elite and Masses Georgian society is easily swayed by the elite. In contrast to European or American society which is capable of challenging elite influence, Georgian society obediently follows it. A good – or, to be more precise, a very bad – example of such blind faith is those people who turned out for antigovernment protest rallies orchestrated by opposition leader Nino Burjanadze. Rather than exercise their own judgment, these people entrusted themselves to a leader who was supposed to...

Uncivil Society

 This is why: 1) Nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in post-Soviet Georgia do not function on the principle of volunteerism, where most people work more for a stable salary than the common good. Simply put, the number of people involved and committed for the right reasons is just too small; 2) The existence of NGOs in post-Soviet Georgia is almost entirely depends on external financing. For this reason, NGOs are not an organic response to the domestic problems of the country.  In particular...

Election ads and Gigi’s new jobs

Tbilisi | Gigi Ugulava’s campaign is reported to be a rather unconventional one. Other than the expected regular television campaign ads and the obligatory support rallies, Ugulava’s spin doctors have developed an ‘ordinary citizen’ campaign. From the early morning Ugulava spends his time working as regular employee in a number of places. Among other things, he can be seen chopping and selling meat at the market, baking bread, reloading luggage, and even cleaning the windows of the Amirani...

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