recently, therefore, "Videocracy" was alive and well in
This leads directly to a critical consideration on the possible risk of over-exposure, which could, in the long run, threaten to alienate the very people who are supposed to be attracted and fascinated,
are credible indications that this could
well be the case in
Other indications are the catastrophic fall in the former Prime Minister's personal popularity and the unpredicted growth of the unabashedly populist "anti-political" movement led by erstwhile comedian Beppe Grillo who now leads what could possibly be the second largest political party in the country. It is significant that Grillo himself, who, after all, has his roots in show business and whose political movement is on a constant upswing, has forbidden his candidates from appearing on the numerous "talk shows" on Italy's public and private TV channels.
A further, and rather significant question arises from these considerations, and people are wondering if "Videocracy's" ultimate effect will be the end of the democratic process as it has been known until now with, perhaps, a return to a quasi-Grecian model based essentially on local politics, and with the internet (Twitter and Social Networks) substituting the Agora. This is not a vain or otiose question, but a consideration which deserves attention and careful reflection.
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