While political affiliation does not have a significant impact on online identity, it sure has it on identity altogether. Although, one could interpret the low turnout in the European general election as a symptom of an increasing sense of detachment.
In a comment to my previous post, Enrica asks whether I'm satisfied with the result. Honestly, not very much:
- the party I voted for didn't get a seat;
- the party I'm ideologically closer to (in all Europe – according to the EUprofiler test) didn't make it as well;
- generally speaking, the person who got more votes in Italy will not listen to the voters, keep his job in Italy and decline the opportunity to be a member of the EU Parliament (so why did he run in the first place?)
On the bright side, there are some signals of hope:
- traces of meritocracy, rewarded by voters and enhanced by a real impact of communication and grassroots spontaneous campaigning over the web, emerging in the Friuli-Venezia Giulia with Serracchiani's success;
- the discussion about Internet regulations will probably get a satisfactory degree of complexity, with the arrival of the Pirate Party.
Ah yes, about my individual representation within the EU Parliament: according to the test, I must feel represented by the Luxemburgische Sozialistische Arbeiterpartei, who got one seat.