Storia della comunicazione e dello spettacolo in Italia. Volume II. I media alla sfida della democrazia (1945-1978)

Translated title of the contribution: [Autom. eng. transl.] History of communication and entertainment in Italy. Volume II. The media to the challenge of democracy (1945-1978)

Fausto Colombo (Editor), Ruggero Eugeni (Editor)

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Abstract

[Autom. eng. transl.] The Italy we are talking about in this volume begins April 25, 1945, the day of Liberation from Nazi-fascism, and ends May 9, 1978, with the discovery in Rome, in Via Caetani, of the corpse of Aldo Moro in the trunk of a Renault 4 In the period between these two dates, our country changes, radically and tumultuously, in the sense of an articulated and complex modernization. In the space of just over thirty years, reconstruction, the economic boom, the crisis, the dispute, alternate with the tragic outcomes of terrorism, alternate. The media accompany the journey of the nation: theater, journalism and publishing, radio and television mark the collective life, first in the shared effort of 'making Italians', then telling, in a critical or participatory way, the transformations economic and social aspects of the country. The cultural industry intercepts the increase in consumption and is structured fully articulating the transmission of content in a product intended for an audience, and sometimes becoming itself the protagonist of changes. The narration of the historical evolution of Italian media in the post-war period, carried out by scholars who sign the essays in the volume, gives us the vivid colors of this great communicative fresco that has educated, amused, moved and informed entire generations. We can follow the evolution of the theater from Strehler to Ronconi; the experimentations of journalism from Pannunzio's "Mondo" to Ottone's "Corriere"; the transformations of elite and mass publishing; the life of the cinema through neorealism, the folk tale, the auteur films and the genre ones up to the splitting of art and consumer films; the radio from the post-Fascist refoundation to the utopia of free broadcasters; television from the pedagogical project of the origins of public service to the birth of the first commercial TV. Without forgetting other forms of Italian media culture, such as comics, advertising, music, which complete and enrich the story. Through the lens of media consumption, the choices of production but also the demands of an increasingly diversified public, we discover an all-round portrait of us Italians when the history of the country has asked us to become modern citizens, struggling with the challenge of democracy.
Translated title of the contribution[Autom. eng. transl.] History of communication and entertainment in Italy. Volume II. The media to the challenge of democracy (1945-1978)
Original languageItalian
PublisherVita e Pensiero
Number of pages326
ISBN (Print)9788834330135
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Publication series

NameTRATTATI E MANUALI - MEDIA, SPETTACOLO E STUDI CULTURALI

Keywords

  • Italian democracy
  • Italian media
  • Media history

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