The Power Of The Social Media – Truth or Myth?

The ongoing investigation against the Cambridge Analytica company is a good starting point for a question: how much political influence, if any, could be created in the social media? I’m more than a bit skeptic about it, but such a question cannot be ignored.

We already know that every social media user is somewhat profiled by the big players and it’s a safe bet to say that such data are evaluated (almost in real time)and used for a number of commercial reasons, from advertising to research.

We also know that advertising adapts itself according to the changes we made in our daily use of the social media platforms. The mechanism set up by the big players is quite efficient and the constant push to buy or to acquire services is self-evident for everybody with half a brain.

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Italian standoff 2018 – the story of a Senator

There is a peculiar story to be told about our latest general elections, a good way to show how it works in Italy today when it comes to sensitive issues.

There was a young man, born in Nigeria back in 1955. He got his first degree in the USA (Computer information science), then moved to Italy in 1976. In my country, he got a second degree in the same specialization, got married to an Italian girl and became an Italian citizen after 11 years. Not bad at all, it’s a successful integration story.

This guy became involved in politics. In 1993 he enrolled in a political party, then he has been elected from 1994 to 2014 in the city council of Spirano (a small town near Bergamo, Italy). A few days ago he has become the first Italian Senator of African descent.
So far, so good. This is one of the most inspirational integration stories in my country. The long road of a man who found a new home and personal success in a foreign land.

What’s the problem? It’s up to you to decide. This man, Mr. Toni Iwobi, has been elected for the League (former Northern League), a center-right political party whose leader has made many inflammatory remarks about non-Italians and Muslims in the last few years. It’s also the party that caused outrage during the campaign by saying that immigration to Italy threatened our civilization.

You see, the immigration theme has been front and center in the political scene in the last two years or so. Center-left parties were calling for a more easy way to become Italian citizens, not to mention a great number of proposals to accommodate the newcomers in our country (I will not talk about the Italian mainstream media, there are limits that even I don’t want to trespass). Center-left parties and far left parties have been quite vocal about the election of Mr. Iwobi, portraying him as a puppet of the League.

Well, I’m gonna lose a few friends right now.
In my humble opinion, Mr. Iwobi is not a puppet. I think is racist to depict him as a false flag or like some kind of traitor of the integration cause. When similar remarks come in the public view I see somebody wave the multi-colored banner of integration, as if it were the exclusive property of the left.
It seems to me racist to make it clear that only the left can do the interests of immigrants as if anyone else could not be anything other than fascist.
I don’t know what Mr. Iwobi will do in his new role, but I can wish him well and make a note of what will happen.

Italian standoff 2018 – an introduction

You see, having a general election is usually something good for any democratic country. People get its choice to express their vote, a lot of candidates gets elected or rejected, then we have a new Parliament, a new government and so on.
Well, it didn’t work so good this time.

The first part, running a general election, wasn’t perfect. The new law in effect shows more than a bit of trouble so far. Many commentators, including myself, foretold that this mechanism was fragile. Three days after the election we finally got the final results. You must really hope that nobody starts a judicial war about the whole process.

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My candidate is better than yours (and you don’t know sh*t!)

The title of this post is the synthesis of much of the political-oriented messages I get from the social media; it is also a demonstration of the end of any choice to establish some form of discussion in this field. It’s not a surprise, a decade of political communication based on hate and “alternative truth” left its mark in our collective subconscious, not to mention the deep state of distress of the mainstream media.

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A game of smoke and mirrors

One of the most recurrent topics in the action movies, back in the ‘70s, was the fighting sequence in a hall of mirrors. Hero and villain chasing each other in a long series of hit-and-miss, until the dramatic end. It’s a good metaphor for what’s going on in the Middle East. A pity that there are a lot of players inside the mirrored maze and I can’t see any hero ready to save the day.

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Between Black and White


Melencolia I (B. 74; M., HOLL. 75)
*24 x 18.8 cm

One of the most curious changes in the mainstream approach to everyday news is the growing oversimplification of the narrative; I mean, instead of facts we get factoids, the space needed to explain matters or to introduce an argument has been dissolved. Facts and figures are presented to the public in a pre-arranged set, in order to align with the political (or ideological) side already represented by the magazine (or any other kind of news outlet). So, we basically have a loop of self-assuring news, ready and served on a virtual silver plate to an audience that will use such news on the social media scene in order to reassure its beliefs and/or to bash the “others”.

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Being in or being out a political party


After the demise of the ideologies, all that’s left in modern day politics is about slightly different takes on all the biggest troubles. A number of current political parties were born after the end of the said ideologies, often as heirs of a lost tradition used as a connection for the eldest part of the electoral body. Usually, these parties are ruled by a bunch of fat cats, people that were in politics since the dinosaur era, and pushing such an organization toward modernization is nothing less than a desperate task.

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