Internet doesn’t want you to vote. New media and the future of democracy
January 24, 2017
«Whether new forms of communication are the cause or effect of processes such as personalization of leadership, verticalization of political organizations, party presidentialization, social delegitimization of old “intermediate bodies” – the so-called “disintermediation”- is obviously up for debate».
Recently published as a digital edition by the Fondazione Giangiacomo Feltrinelli, Mass media e sfera pubblica (Mass media and public sphere) is a collective effort by Michele Sorice, Luciano Fasano and Massimiliano Panarari. The work addresses the issue of transforming the democratic system based on the latest changes and innovations in the field of communication.
These changes, the authors argue, are such that they entail a redefinition of representation and participation, therefore stirring new issues in the democratic order as we know it. The book is an open reflection, a dialogue among authors who, rather than looking for definitive solutions, examine and question some key developments in our society.
There is no doubt that communication is a fundamental component of society, to the point where new realities can be created that are strong enough to influence different areas, not least that of the public and political representation. The explosion of the web and new media along with the impact of social networks have overwhelmed some dynamics that were apparently solidified; This can only cause a change in the study of these issues, an opening of new themes and an exploration of unknown territories. The authors then lead us along this journey, heading towards a future in which the very survival of democracy cannot be taken for granted.