The Roll of Bloggers


Chart: world ranking of sources of information on line: websites (dark) and Blogs (Light)

Information is based on trust.
Whoever has a bad reputation can say what they like but they won’t be believed.
They can write what they want and use newspapers and TV, but they won’t be believed.
They can be the leader of the Government, they can participate (but I’m saying it just as a hypothesis) in 2 TV programmes one after the other in the early evening, be interviewed with perpetual bowing and all the same, they won’t be believed.
There’s a crisis of credibility circulating and a boom in incredibility.
The bigger the sensation, the more you think you are credible even if you’re incredible.

> But who is it that makes the credible incredible?
The media.

> Why do they do this?
Because they are owned by groups in the economy.

> Why do groups in the economy own the media?
To do their business better.

> And the journalists?
The journalists have got families, they adjust, or rather they follow the editorial line. They are dependent on the editor rather than on the readers.

> And the Union of Journalists?
That’s part of the past.

> Why?
Because the Internet has invented Bloggers.

> What’s a Blogger?
Someone who writes on the Internet without having to answer to anyone except to their own readers.

> And the Honour Roll of Bloggers?
The readers create it. If a Blog is visited, it’s already on the Honour Roll.

> And the old media?
They will disappear. It’s a question of feeling and of links.

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A chi di dovere presso il blog

Sono un ricercatore del Centro per lo Studio della Democrazia dell'Universita' di Westmisnter a Londra.

Sto lavorando ad una tesi di dottorato in Scienze Politiche e Relazioni Internazionali. La tesi e' incentrata sulla relazione tra le nuove tecnologie (internet) e l'attivismo politico.

Da tempo osservo e usufruisco di questo blog e lo considero una delle mie fonti di informazione principali sulla situazione italiana. Essendo nel panorama italiano un esempio pressoché unico ho deciso di utilizzare l'esempio di come case study della mia tesi.
Sapebbe qualcuno indicarmi a chi rivolgermi per avere maggiori informazioni sul blog (storia, stats, etc)?

Cordiali saluti,
Giovanni Navarria
Ricercatore Associato e PhD Candidate
Centre for the Study of Democracy
University of Westminster

Posted by: Giovanni Navarria | August 8, 2006 03:36 PM

Dear Gaia,
I know what you mean when you say that you had to go to Switzerland in order to hava a chaper and more qualifying education! Well, I'm an italian journalist, I work in a local structure on the "Messaggero". Your work in school in very interesting a i'd like, as I can, to help you. Ask what you want and the documents you need. My mail:
See you

Posted by: giacomo amadori | May 31, 2006 08:38 PM

To Sr Gigio Topo...if you think the plane that has come to be known as Flight 93 is a media ploy, just ask the families who lost loved ones on that day. George Bush had nothing to do with what happened on that tragic day. Bill Clinton might have prevented it had his mind been focused on his office...just food for thought.

Posted by: Maureen MacKenzie | April 26, 2006 11:13 PM


i'm a student in visual communication at SUPSI lugano , switzerland (one of the many italians that have to get away from their country to get cheaper and more qualifying education). for my "media and design" class we were asked to write a brief research about media, i chose to write about blogs.
the thing is that my intent was not to write a typical research like history-blah-blah; i thought it would have been much better to make an interactive sort of thing. like to talk about blogs in a blog. so i would post an index of themes, the people that answers would be my bibliography and i would present the page of the blog as a research (beppe grillo's post on the roll of bloggers is a perfect introduction), followed by a technical critic that i ll be doing on my own. so i can demonstrate how the information on the blog can be spread.
please don't think this is lazyness because it takes me much more time than cut and copy one of the billions reaserches ready on the net. it's just an experiment.

1. brief history of blogs (first blogs, name history, how they changed during the years)

2. development of the blogging phenomenon (ex. blogging after 9/11)

3. how blogs have changed the information system (ex. washington post blogs, beppegrillo..) and what you think is going to be in the future blogs can help to "make a society more global but also more local " (i think this is marshall mcluhan's)

these are the themes that most interest me but if you have more interesting topics it's okay.

also comments in ITALIAN are welcome.

i don't have much time left (about a month) so people please help me... even few lines are okay.

THANK YOU! gaia.

Posted by: gaia bartolucci | January 28, 2006 06:06 PM

Well, it sounds good.
On the other hand, we have to realistically consider that reliable relationships take time to get stronger, and that crowds do not help in this.

Posted by: Gianluca Miscione | January 13, 2006 05:32 PM

Beh, da una parte suona bene.
Dall’altra bisogna però considerare seriamente il problema che i legami fiduciari ci mettono tempo a consilidarsi e che nella folla non tendono a rinsaldarsi.

Posted by: Gianluca Miscione | January 13, 2006 05:27 PM

Well, you may want to read this:

Posted by: Dario de Judicibus | January 13, 2006 03:40 PM

I always try to read several papers from different countries to just understand who lies and how much but I'm never sure 100%, then I read this blog and I can add almost all the missing percentage.

Posted by: Giovanni Principe | January 11, 2006 11:04 PM

I hope that people remember to read widely while reading things that come directly from the fingers and brain of a single person. I am certainly pleased to read Sr Grillo, because the politicians have the newspapers and TV sewed up.
Come mai trovare la verita? Di quasialsi cosa?

Posted by: Judith Greenwood | January 11, 2006 05:50 PM

Hahahah !!!
"Bene Stanca vai avanti così che vai bene ! torneremo al paleolitico !!!"

-_- Beppe Copyright.

Bella sta cosa dei bloggers, l'informazione si sta decentralizzando e per questo sarà più difficile "controllarla".
Detto in una frase, stiamo diventanto più LIBERI !

Vai Beppe spacca tutto !!! siamo con teeeee !!!

Posted by: Matteo Spennati | January 11, 2006 05:13 PM

the web is about 15 year old. People need more time to learn a new kind of communication, the average human mind is not so flexible and rapid, as technologies are.

Posted by: Raffaella Biferale | January 11, 2006 03:34 PM

the blogger hasn't a deontology at all
because he "thinks" to be anonymous and
invisible to the other bloggers, that's why he could also say many stupid and offending things
about current metters.
I think, endeed, that have to be made a lot of corrections in the metter of web comunications!

Posted by: gigio topo | January 11, 2006 02:50 PM

If you want an example of conventional media, look at the next movie on 9/11 at "". The original script was written and produced by G. W. Bush Jr., who was not happy about the big screen. He wanted it live. The flight93 movie even plays fake with the phone call from the airplane. The world knows that the airplane had no passengers in it; images show clearly that the plane had no windows. The plane was a flying tank, with evident equipment under the nose of the plane. There are footages of this on the free press, being the internet. Another footage is about the Pentagon. There was no aiplane at all, but only the debris of a rocket. The conventional media keeps playing the script, and thus keeps failing its duty of sorting facts from fiction.

Posted by: Luc dePlume | January 11, 2006 01:27 PM

> does(or must) a blogger have a deontology?

Did the conventional press use deontology?

If it did, it was only to serve power.

Posted by: Luc dePlume | January 11, 2006 12:57 PM

I have a question about today´s blog:
does(or must) a blogger have a deontology?

Posted by: rick valdettaro | January 11, 2006 12:45 PM

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