The web will kill them all: new media, digital utopia, and political struggle in the Italian 5-Star Movement

  title={The web will kill them all: new media, digital utopia, and political struggle in the Italian 5-Star Movement},
  author={Simone Natale and A. Ballatore},
  journal={Media, Culture \& Society},
  pages={105 - 121}
This article examines the role of discourses about new media technology and the web in the rise of the 5-Star Movement (Movimento 5 Stelle, or M5S) in Italy. Founded by comedian and activist Beppe Grillo and web entrepreneur Gianroberto Casaleggio in 2009, this movement succeeded in becoming the second largest party at the 2013 national elections in Italy. This article aims to discuss how elements of digital utopia and web-centric discourses have been inserted into the movement’s political… Expand
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