Tag: Power and Post-democracy in the 21st Century

Here is the free book “The birth of digital populism. Crowd, power and post-democracy in the 21st century”

Here is the free book from Obsolete Capitalism

“The birth of digital populism. Crowd, power and post-democracy in the 21st century” featuring Luciana Parisi, Tiziana Terranova, Lapo Berti, Simon Choat, Paolo Godani, Saul Newman, Jussi Parikka, Tony D. Sampson and Alberto Toscano.

The book, which is published by Obsolete Capitalism Free Press, is under a Creative Commons License (Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International) and can be read or downloaded from the digital publishing platform Issuu at the following address:


The Five Star Movement led by Grillo & Casaleggio had an unexpected success in the Italian general elections of February 2013, deeply disrupting the panorama of Italian politics. This book seeks to explore some of the features characterising the emergence of a new political phenomenon: digital populism. 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. This is the result of nine interviews carried out between May 2013 and February 2014 with Luciana Parisi, Tiziana Terranova, Lapo Berti, Simon Choat, Paolo Godani, Saul Newman, Jussi Parikka, Tony D. Sampson and Alberto Toscano.

Luciana Parisi and Tiziana Terranova’s Interview on “Crowd, Power and Post-democracy in the 21st Century

There is a translated double interview with Luciana Parisi and Tiziana Terranova on Rizomatika. The interview is also available and sharable in PDF format.

Previous interviews were held with: Parikka, Newman, Sampson, Choat, Toscano e Berti; and in Italian: Parikka, Newman, Sampson, Choat, Berti, Parisi & Terranova , Godani.

The final stage of the Crowd, Power and Post-democracy in the 21st Century project (freely published by Obsolete Capitalism and Rizomatika) is to become an e-book published in April.

More to follow…




Luciana Parisi, Italian, lives and works in London. She is Senior Lecturer in Critical Theory at Goldsmiths College, University of London (UK) where she runs the PhD program at the Centre for Cultural Studies. Her research examines the links between science and philosophy, cybernetics and information, technology and policy in order to formulate a critique of capitalism and at the same time investigate the possibility of real change. During the nineties of the last century she has been working with the Cybernetic Culture Research Unit at Warwick (UK) and has written several essays in collaboration with Steve Goodman (known in the music world as dominus of dubstep as Kode9). In 2004 she published the book “Abstract Sex: Philosophy, Biotechnology and the
Mutations of Desire” (Continuum, London, 2004), where she described the critical impasse between the notions of body, sexuality, “gender” and the current status of the studies of science and technology. Her latest work on architectural models is “Contagious Architecture. Computation, Aesthetics and Space” (MIT Press, USA, 2013).

Tiziana Terranova, Italian, lives and works in Naples. She is a contemporary researcher, and lecturer of ” Cultural Studies and Media ‘ and ‘ Cultural Theories and New Media” at the University of Naples ‘L’Orientale’. After graduating from the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures at the Department of American, Cultural and Linguistic Studies at University of Naples she continued her research on media, cultural studies and new technologies, driven by a passion for this area. The study of these issues took place in England where she achieved a master’s degree in “Communications and Technology” at Brunel University. She also achieved the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Media and Communications at Goldsmiths’ College in London. In the mid 90’s Tiziana Terranova dealt with technological subcultures, cyberpunk and published one of the first doctoral thesis on the internet newsgroups and the techno culture in California. Another important experience for her intellectual journey took place in London at the Department of Cultural Studies of the University of “East London” where she founded and directed along with Helene Kennedy one of the first courses in Multimedia, starting the new university course in “Media and New Media Studies”. Her current interests include digital culture and the phenomena that develop around it. Of international importance is her book “Culture Network” published in Italy in 2006 by Il Manifesto. Her last essay entitled ‘Capitalism cognitive and neural life’ was inserted in May 2013 e.Book issue called ‘The state of technological mediation’ by Giorgio Griziotti (Special Hypermedia – Alfabeta editions).

Crowd, Power and Post-democracy in the 21st Century

Crowd, Power and Post-democracy in the 21st Century. Interviews on digital populism and recent European political phenomena.

“Rural fascism and city or neighborhood fascism, youth fascism and war veteran’s fascism, fascism of the Left and fascism of the Right, fascism of the couple, family, school, and office: every fascism is defined by a micro-black hole that stands on its own and communicates with the others, before resonating in a great, generalized central black hole. There is fascism when a war machine is installed in each hole, in every niche. Only microfascism provides an answer to the global question: ‘Why does desire desire its own repression, how can it desire its own repression?’

(Giles Deleuze, A Thousand Plateaus, pg.271)

Keep your eyes open for a series of interviews to be initially published (in English and Italian) on both Rizomatika and Obsolete Capitalism starting from this Saturday (Sept 14th).

There will also be a specially designed e-book published by December with all the interviews free to download.

Here’s the running order…

saturday 14th Sept: Jussi Parikka (english)

saturday 21st Sept: Saul Newman (english)

saturday 28 Sept: Tony D. Sampson (english)

saturday 5 Oct: Simon Choat (english)

saturday 12 Oct: Alberto Toscano (english)

saturday 19 Oct: Jussi Parikka (italian translation)

saturday 26 Oct: Saul Newman (italian translation)

saturday 2 Nov: Tony D. Sampson (italian translation)

saturday 9 Nov: Simon Choat (italian translation)

saturday 16 Nov: Alberto Toscano (italian translation)

saturday 23 Nov: Lapo Berti (italian)

saturday 30 Nov: Luciana Parisi (italian)

saturday 7 Dec: Maurizio Lazzarato (italian)

saturday 14 Dec: WM1 (italian, tbc)

saturday 21 Dec: Lapo Berti (english translation)

saturday 28 Dec: Luciana Parisi (english translation)

saturday 4 Jan: Maurizio Lazzarato (english translation)

saturday 11 Jan: WM1 (italian translation, tbc)