Cluster Digitali Narrazione collettiva nell’era dei social network


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Scientific papers about digital clusters and disinformation narrative

▶️ Digital Clusters: How The Net Is Marking Us, Luciano Giustini, DigitCult – Scientific Journal on Digital Cultures, Vol. 2, No. 3, December 2017, DOI: 10.4399/97888255099086.

The work moves from the analysis of data from digital illiteracies as well as cognitive biases, deepening the specific criticalities of the phenomenon of the conversational decay, made pervasive by the diffusion of social networks – touching the topics of false news, fanaticism and online hate speech. In this context, even due to the algorithms’ filtering action, the user, being protagonist of the network and its contents, risks to be confined in large online structures, closed in echo chambers and finding only converging and polarized ideas. Deepening the theme of personal and collective narration, and how this is augmented and expanded in social media, the work explores a new digital aggregation object, called “Digital cluster”. These aggregations overcome and widen the phenomenon of “digital bubbles” described by Eli Pariser in 2011, and outline a digital context in which different subjects select contents to reinforce the choices and the common narratives. In these aggregations, there are also other elements, from the topology of the network to the presence of other distortions, which bring the phenomenon towards a wider scale magnitude, which is examined in rate and implications.

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The three main contributions in the realization of Digital clusters in Giustini’s research work:

▶️ Debunking in a world of tribes, Zollo F, Bessi A, Del Vicario M, Scala A, Caldarelli G, Shekhtman L, Quattrociocchi W, et al. PLOS ONE 12 (7). Published: July 24, 2017. DOI:

▶️ Anatomy of news consumption on Facebook, Ana Lucía Schmidt, Fabiana Zollo, Michela Del Vicario, Walter Quattrociocchi et al., 2017, «PNAS» 114 (12),

▶️ The Spreading of Misinformation Online, Fabiana Zollo, Alessandro Bessi, Michela Del Vicario, Walter Quattrociocchi et al., 2016, «PNAS» 113 (3): 554-559.

Articoli divulgativi

L’estremista, di Davide M. De Luca, Il Post, 10 dicembre 2018

60 Words And A War Without End: The Untold Story Of The Most Dangerous Sentence In U.S. History, by Gregory D. Johnsen (BuzzFeed) 17 january 2014

Warning: this section is under construction. Refer to the bibliography of Digital clusters paper for further information or to the book “Cluster digitali”.