The Form of Democracy in the 2.0 society

In “On  The PoliticalChantal Mouffe describes new possible routes for democracy by opposing the concept of agonism against antagonism; according to such relation she advocates social participation to politics, which happens through channelling people’s passions, expectations and desires, i.e. the matter of the political.

Nevertheless these last past years have been characterised by the crisis of the current form of democracy, which has been mainly altered by the crisis of capitalism and by the social innovations introduced by digital technologies.

Although it might seem that the empire of the Internet is dominated by oligarchic high-tech enterprieces, who exert their territorial sovereignty via the entitlement of social innovation, it is emerging a different route, which is rerouting the current trend by engaging the public, as Chantal Mouffe advocates in her books. Hacking and DIY might appear to be the new form of 2.0 democracy, as capable of interfacing politics oligarchy with the complexity of the political.

19 Luglio 1992

Con un giorno di ritardo,

non perché mi fossi dimenticata di questa data importante che purtroppo si “celebra”

per ricordare

chi per noi ha avuto il coraggio di lottare

e credere che è possibile cambiare.

Il cambiamento esiste,

è possibile

se ci crediamo

da siciliana vorrei ricordare il 19 luglio 1992 come il giorno in cui, anche se appena adolescente, mi sono sentita ferita, arrabbiata,…………………

arrabbiata con quella patria che amo ma che continua a navigare un po’ senza meta,

persa nella malinconia del passato, di una cultura millenaria fatta di poesia, teatro, arte, natura etc…

se nei miei posts passati ho in qualche modo manifestato la mia delusione scrivendo la poesia di Ugo Foscolo “A Zacinto” (Né più mai toccherò le sacre sponde/ ove il mio corpo fanciulletto giacque,/Zacinto mia)

questa volta scrivo di chi ha amato, come me, la propria patria, per la quale però ha lottato

Palermo non mi piaceva, per questo ho imparato ad amarla. Perché il vero amore consiste nell’amare ciò che non ci piace per poterlo cambiare

Paolo Borsellino

Right to be remembered


It has been around for a while the fact that in Europe you are entitled to be forgotten by asking Google to delete the link in its index, which allows to perform any kind of search. The actual web page is not deleted, but the link that allows any user to find the information is.

Is it censorship?

As reported in The Guardian this is censorship for a simple reason: to suppress the system by which we access information equals to suppress the information. Because of how 2.0 society works, which is basically based on web search that gives anybody the access to information in a tree like structure, deleting the link is deleting information.

I am surprised how such action has not been carefully investigated by Google, as each case needs individual understanding. I am surprised how much zealously naive such action has been taken. If on one hand the European law pursued the protection of individual citizens’ privacy , it looks that it is more defending the interests of those in need to be remembered.

I hope that from this case onwards the concept of privacy against “right to know” will be taken more carefully.