E59.1452 Television and Democracy in Italy

By combining the study of historical material with a hands-on approach on comparative case studies, the course aims to give students valuable theoretical and empirical tools to understand the relations of power between media and politics, both in Italy and worldwide. The first part of the course will provide an historical overview needed to account for the development of the unprecedented interpenetration between economic, cultural and political powers in Italy. In particular, special emphasis will be given to the transformations of the political public sphere under the mediating effects of commercial television. The second part of the course is centered on a close analysis of a number of contemporary examples of political communications based on the intermeshing between entertainment, information, and politics.

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