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Beppe Grillo is changing politics

The first true social media politician?

By Jamie Bartlett  

(photo: Niccolò Caranti)

Changes in the way we communicate—from the Gutenberg printing press to the first televised US presidential debate—always have an effect on political parties and movements. Social media is no different. New social movements are emerging using social media, and challenging existing parties in a way unthinkable a decade ago. The English Defence League in the UK, the Pirate Party in Germany, and the Occupy movement are all examples of movements that have employed social media…

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