Franco “Bifo”Berardi is a contemporary writer, media theorist, and media activist.
Berardi founded the magazine A/traverso (1975-1981) and was on the staff of Radio Alice, the first free pirate radio station in Italy (1976-1978). Along with other intellectuals involved in the Autonomia political movement in Italy during the 1970's, Franco fled to Paris, where he worked with Felix Guattari in the field of schizoanalysis. He has been a contributor to the magazines Semiotexte (New York), Chimerees (Paris), Metropoli (Rome), Musica 80 (Milan), and Archipielago (Barcelona). He also wrote The Uprising (Semiotexte, Los Angeles, 2012), which has been translated into numerous languages and published in Norway, Germany, Korea, Japan, Turkey, Italy, Argentina, Mexico, Spain, and Russia.
In 2015 he published the book Heroes: Mass Murder and Suicide (London: Verso Futures, 2015). HEROES has been published in Germany, France, Japan, Korea, China, Taiwan, Turkey, Spain, and Holland. Berardi has also authored Phenomenology of the End (Los Angeles: Semiotext(e), 2015