Turning Back the Clock by Umberto Eco
Hot Wars and Media Populism

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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.

 

About Umberto Eco

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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.
 
Published October 1, 2007 by Harcourt. 384 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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(Lest readers this side of the Atlantic tend to nod, be assured there are lessons to be learned when such politicos make state interests coincide with their private interests.) The sagacious author, a professional semiotician, presents commentary on the difficulties of communication, with exposur...

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Turning Back the Clock: Hot Wars and Media Populism by Umberto Eco, translated by Alastair McEwen 369pp, Harvill Secker, £17.99 Come, reader, the game's afoot: another collection of nimble, teasing, brilliant and infuriating little essays and essaylets from Umberto Eco, celebrated semiotician, me...

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