Professor Paolo Mancini argues that while new technologies offer opportunities, they also lead to political and social polarisation.
Professor Paolo Mancini from the Department of Political Science at the University of Perugia says that while he is in favour of new technologies and the opportunities they offer, he is reluctant to be “completely optimistic”. One of the challenges thrown up by the current, fragmented media landscape, is political polarisation: “More than opening to other voices, the internet blocks. Social media can be an occasion to just reinforce what I already believe.” Mancini adds that while public service broadcasters are the only type of media that could conceivably offer a plurality of voices, the risk is that people find it “boring”.
Main image: Blogger Beppe Grillo (left, by Lucarelli under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike licence) and ex-president Silvio Berlusconi (right) have both used the media in Italy to rise to power, says Mancini.