In short: everyone has the right to hate whoever they want. And to lie. And to cultivate racist feelings. Those who behave this way, most likely, do so because they feel a malaise. Sometimes they overturn their malaise towards others. Is that it? So much for the debate about hate online? Well, yes, almost. In the ecology of digital media, there are broad incentives to use the weaknesses of others to achieve commercial and political goals of all kinds. The instrumentalisation of hatred is clearly one of the most effective forms of propaganda. Its consequences can be disruptive. The problem is...
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A republic is its rational institutions. A democracy is its informed citizens. Institutions are platforms enabling citizens to decide by following a non-violent process of deliberation and voting. Citizens who know and accept their institutions in their rationality have something fundamental in common: they then can divide on opinions, but they live in the same reality. If citizens think at reality as it is defined by their passions and not by information about their republican, common, rational institutions, than they are not living a fulfilling democracy. Post-truth democracy and all the...
We are debating like creazy about post-truth democracy. But we should put it in perspective. Before post-truth politics there wasn’t any “politics of truth”: lies have been the raw material of the political fabric for a lot of time (see a really great survey by the Economist). And yet there is an impression of a sort of accelerating pace for the lying side of politics. Some are trying to explain it by looking into the dynamics of social networks. Others are more convinced that the origin must be in the changing structure of Western societies. But these analytical directions are not helping...
Facts are those little nasty things that divide the way people are and the way people would like to be. At least in times of crisis, facts are unpopular. In fact, at present, we tend to complain much about facts: 1. Because they are too many (filter failures, information overload) 2. Because it is difficult to tell which facts are true or not true 3. Because they are less and less useful in a society in which people don’t see facts the same way, diminishing the value of facts. Brexit and post-truth policy in America – as elsewhere – are about the end of facts as commons. As Daniel...
On June 25th, 2016, I gave a speech at the University of Bologna for “The James W. Carey Award for Outstanding Media Ecology Journalism” ceremony. Here are the notes.
Speech mea-award from Luca De Biase
Dear American People for more than 50 years, Italians looked up to America and believed to see their future. Italians knew that what was happening in America, was going to happen in Italy in the future. America was a leader, in terms of economy, technology and politics. But now we sort of feel the opposite. Americans risk to be choosing, for their future, something that Italians have already experienced in their past. It could be that America is no more the future of Italy: it could be that Italy is the future of America. Why? 1. You risk to elect a president that will divide your country 2...
Today, at 12:30, Bocconi University, we talk about inn0vation: “Digital humanities. Media Ecology: information in the digital age“.
Today, at 12:30, Bocconi University, we talk about the future: “Digital humanities. Media Ecology: information in the digital age“.
A first look at the course: “Digital humanities. Media ecology: information in the digital age“.
Danish parliament approves plan to seize assets from refugees (Guardian)
There is something rotten in the state of Denmark (FT)
Denmark has been misrepresented – we take better care of refugees than most countries on the planet (Independent)
Germany confiscates more from refugees than Denmark (Local)
Denmark wants to watch everything you do online (Local)
Ps. Right Shakespeare quotes? By the way: It seems that tw doesn’t allow a super popular Shakespeare’s quote about Danemark… Did somebody else try?