Francesco Tacchini

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The birth of digital populism

A bilingual publication designed for Obsolete Capitalism Free Press. The book seeks to explore some of the features characterising the emergence of a new political phenomenon: digital populism.

Collaborating with Obsolete Capitalism, we asked Italian and English thinkers from different political and disciplinary backgrounds to contribute to an analysis of some fundamental points behind the rise of populism and the digital relations between masses, power and democracy at the dawn of the twenty-first century.

The book begins with an analysis of the unexpected success of the populist Five Star Movement in the Italian general elections of February 2013. It further unpacks some of the socio- and techno-political issues arising from it trough interviews with Luciana Parisi, Tiziana Terranova, Lapo Berti, Simon Choat, Paolo Godani, Saul Newman, Jussi Parikka, Tony D. Sampson and Alberto Toscano.

The birth of digital populism is released free of charge and can be read on issuu (EN, IT) or in PDF (EN, IT). You can also get in touch to get a physical copy.