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A Trivial Country

A Trivial Country
title A Trivial Country
subtitle Essays on Media and Politics in Italy
collection Strumenti/Media spettacolo e processi culturali/Contributi
publisher Vita e pensiero
format Book
pages 108
publication 2011
ISBN 9788834319567

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The essays collected in this volume (ideally addressed to our European colleagues and fellow citizens) treat the relationship between media and politics in Italy through the analysis of some exemplary cases. The essays deal with a variety of subjects: television formats, the counter-informative effectiveness of blogs, political scandal and gossip on political leaders, the actual political dimension of journalism dealing with national or international events. Although the focus is the Italian context, the research perspective is international and our country is considered as exemplary of a trend involving the late Western democracies. In this sense, the Italian case is not intended as a curiosity or exception, but as a strong indicator of this trans-national trend, that not only alters the substance of democracy, but reduces its strength and puts this same substance at risk.

Author biography

Fausto Colombo is Full Professor of Media Theories and Media and Politics at the Faculty of Political Sciences, Università Cattolica, Milan, and he has been Director of OssCom, since 1994. Among his recent publications: a collective biography on Italian baby boomers entitled BOOM. Storia di quelli che non hanno fatto il ‘68 (Rizzoli) and a collection of essays on media and generations edited with L. Fortunati, Broadband Society and Generational Changes (Peter Lang). He is also the author of the blog

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