Beppe Grillo, One Year in the Life of an Italian Blogger Euroblog International Research Symposium, Gent, 16-17, March, 2007 Giovanni Navarria Centre for the Study of Democracy University of Westminster, London www.wmin.ac.uk/csd
This blog is about information: “You and I, with our messages and comments, we make information, or at least we try. There is no difference between reality and information, reality is what one knows.” Instead media, Grillo argues, too often know a fact and say something else.
“ the most important battle is between Information and counter-information.” Which is to say: “between the chance of choosing freely and that of being hypnotised, induced to make a choice.”
14 December 2005, Beppegrillo.it voted best internet site in the category “News and Information” for the well renown WWW 2005 Prize . Organized by il Sole 24 Ore , the most read Italian financial daily newspaper.
Mention: “for the interactivity with the public, the ample documentation on the internet and the commitment to tackle topics of use to citizens”
The most commented section was Politics scoring for the whole year 111,171 comments. 24 per cent of the total amount of comments posted on the blog (TOTAL: 463,124).
On average politics scored 1,372.48 comments per posts. The second in the list is the general category named the Wailing Wall, 21.04 per cent, but with the highest average of comments per post, 1,476.08.
1-15, April: average number of comments per post was: 3,277.63.
The message posted by Grillo the day after the election, 11 April, “ C'è chi ” (There are those…) scored the highest number of comments for the whole year examined in this study: 4,198 .
The last words of the message can be interpreted as the motto of the blog and its community: “There are those who looked up at the ceiling from under the covers [of their bed] and decided never to give in.”
Up till now it's been our employees (Politicians) who've done Primaries .
Now's the time for the employers to do Primaries.
From today I'll be publishing proposals about important issues like Energy , Transport , Electoral Regulations and I'll be assisted by recognised experts in the field, so that I can receive your comments .
The posts will be visible on the right hand strip under the title: " Citizen Primaries " together with your comments right up to the time of the elections . I’m also inviting representatives of the Political Parties to send their views on the different points dealt with, to this Blog for publication.
(NEGATIVE POINT: THE TOPICS HAVE BEEN CHOSEN BY HIM AND HIS EXPERTS, NO REAL ACCOUNTABILITY)
Citizens Primaries - Percentage Comments per Category
We’re published on the International Herald Tribune for the Clean Up Parliament campaign.
Not one of the international publications that I contacted wanted to publish the list of names and in some cases they didn’t even want to discuss the matter.
The International Herald Tribune has accepted to publish the page without the names of the 23 Italian parliamentarians but with the Internet address of the page containing their names with a description of their offences.
Unfortunately, the truth cannot squeeze into the conventional media, but it has to go through the Internet and this blog of ours is an example.
Today, thanks to you, this page will be read all over the world .
Beppegrillo.it is a blog with an average of 1686.48 comments per post (first fourth months of 2006 = +316.15% if compared with May 2005 .
170 thousands hits per day.
The website is a strong player of the Italian political public sphere. (Politics is by far the most commented section) It is a place where people can gather and discuss topics too often neglected by main stream media.
"People continuously write to me on my blog to tell me that I am the only person who can say certain things," said Beppe Grillo, one of Italy's most popular and controversial performers. "But really I am only a comedian, I shouldn't have this weight."