Turning Back the Clock: Hot Wars and Media Populism

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Harcourt, 2007 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 369 pages
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The time: 2000 to 2005, the years of neoconservatism, terrorism, the twenty-four-hour news cycle, the ascension of Bush, Blair, and Berlusconi, and the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq. Umberto Eco's response is a provocative, passionate, and witty series of essays--which originally appeared in the Italian newspapers La Repubblica and L'Espresso--that leaves no slogan unexamined, no innovation unexposed. What led us into this age of hot wars and media populism, and how was it sold to us as progress? Eco discusses such topics as racism, mythology, the European Union, rhetoric, the Middle East, technology, September 11, medieval Latin, television ads, globalization, Harry Potter, anti-Semitism, logic, the Tower of Babel, intelligent design, Italian street demonstrations, fundamentalism, The Da Vinci Code, and magic and magical thinking.

The famous author and respected scholar shows his practical, engaged side: an intellectual involved in events both local and global, a man concerned about taste, politics, education, ethics, and where our troubled world is headed.

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Review: Turning Back the Clock: Hot Wars and Media Populism

User Review  - Louise - Goodreads

This is a collection of columns and a few speeches by a noted scholar and novelist of the medieval period. As in all collections, some pieces are better than others, but in this volume, all are good ... Read full review

Review: Turning Back the Clock: Hot Wars and Media Populism

User Review  - Lisa - Goodreads

Umberto Eco wrote many of these essays in the aftermath of 9/11 and comments on the ridiculous state of the world's political situation. "What led us into this age of hot was and media populism, and ... Read full review

About the author (2007)

Umberto Ecois a professor of semiotics at the University of Bologna and the bestselling author of numerous novels and collections of essays. He lives in Milan.

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