It is something new what happened in the Italian elections. The results have shown that the Five Star Movement (M5 Movimento Cinque Stelle) is the actual winner. The movement is itself something new: it is not a traditional party, it has not an institutional site and structure neither a proper political leader.
It was born in the web from Beppe Grillo’s blog. Beppe Grillo is an Italian famous comedian and blogger who has become the critic and outspoken voice of Italian people discontent and anger against corruption and decay caused by the ruling class.
His blog is one of the most succesfull and followed not only in Italy. And that is the point. It is not my purpose to talk abut politics here but just to read this result form a blogger’s point of view.
Beppe Grillo and his candidates have bypassed television talk shows during the election compaign and have chosen the direct contact with people in the Italian squares (by Grillo’s Tsunami tour) and consultations in the web.
So Beppe Grillo’s blog has also become the actual “virtual piazza” where followers, supporters and Grillo himself have expressed their opinions and gave updated information.
That sounds even stranger if you consider that free Wifi connection is not so widespread in Italy and a lot of people still do not usually use the computer. As statistics showed, the main supporters of the M5 Movement have been young people, thirty-year-old and forty-year-old people. indeed, they represent that part of society who often uses internet and new technologies.
Politicians, journalists will have to take into account the power of internet and of bloggers not only as a source of information but also as a new point of reference for sharing new ideas, projects and changes.
Most of foreign newspapers in commenting Italian election results expressed the fear of the markets for what they called “the ungovernable Italy” ( The Time), but only few articles pointed out the innovation in communication that is behind such a result.
The new ways of communication – blogs, social networks … – are “low cost”, immediate, easily accessed at any time and almost wherever you are ; they are also perceived as “no-contolled”, “privilege-free” zones.