In the backdrop of John Keane’s monitory democracy framework, this article focuses on Italy and on an Italian Blogger, Beppe Grillo, and his namesake blog Beppegrillo.it. Italy’s representative democratic system has in the recent past shown many of those signs of the decline that Keane indicates as the foundation of a monitory democracy. Beppegrillo.it instead is a particular example of an Internet-based monitory body. The analysis of the blog’s growing impact on Italian politics can allow us to assess Keane’s claim that we are living in the era of monitory democracy; while, on the other hand, the analysis of the blog allows us to highlight the importance and the challenges that web-enhanced forms of political engagement pose to democracy.Read More
Published as Giovanni Navarria, ‘Beppegrillo.it, One Year in the Life of an Italian Blog 2009’, in Adrienne Russell and Nabil Echchaibi (eds.), International Blogging, Peter Lang Publishing Read the full chapter: One year in the life of beppegrillo.it In Carlo Collodi’s classic children tale, The Adventures of […]Read More
Enough of the martyr Silvio Berlusconi, Originally published in The Conversation, 28 Nov. 2013 By Giovanni Navarria, University of Sydney On Wednesday evening, the Italian Senate forced former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi to step down as a senator. In typical Italian fashion, the day of reckoning […]Read More
Media, power and decadence: some disquieting trends, Giovanni Navarria and John Keane was first published on THE CONVERSATION, 01 November 2013 While Australians face the possibility of the first-ever Senate by-election, as well as stormy sittings of a new parliament wrangling over the pro and cons of scrapping a carbon tax, […]Read More
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