Lorenzo & his humble friends

The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool

Menti amiche e creative

I thought I’d ask five creative friends some suggestions on what movies to watch. The result is a beautifully intriguing post, half in Italian, half in English. I will publish it tomorrow.

ManBox

When I arrived in Brussels earlier this year Roberto offered me a place to stay. While at his apartment, I really enjoyed the company of all the flatmates, Celine, Natalie, Daan and Joan. In particular, I remember Joan working tho whole time on a short ad for a local start-up. The video is now out on youtube. Just a couple of background information: the clip was shot in the apartment and in a few other nice places not far from here. Roberto is also featured in it. Have a look, I think it is really well done.

Me and my computer

An original assessment of the disruptive nature of the success of the M5S in Italy in a paper published by the Madariaga College of Europe Foundation.

In its nature, M5 S constitutes an attack on any collective structure labeled as “dead”. The movement did not aim to bring civil society into politics, but rather individuals. The mobilisation strategy is therefore founded on “Me and my computer” rather than “Me and my comrades of class, territory or organised interest”, where the only source of knowledge is the leader’s blog and his radical messages, posing a fundamental contradiction between the advocacy for a direct form of democracy (or “liquid democracy” in the words of Grillo) and a vertical use of the media. This induced many to argue that the result is an evolution of the passive de-mobilisation on which Berlusconi built up his fortune, where internet replaced the TV firepower of the media tycoon, but keeping an extraordinarily similar definition of the enemy.