Burlusconi Research

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Daily Show [1]

Draquila [2] [3]

Opinione article [4]

Sutton, Paul. "'Say Something Left-Wing!' Nanni Moretti's Il Caimano." Studies in European Cinema 6.2-3 (2009): 141-152. MLA International Bibliography. EBSCO. Web. 26 Nov. 2010. [5]


Italy Against Itself DECEMBER 4, 2008 Alexander Stille NYRB [6]

In one chapter, Stella and Rizzo talk about the tendency of every group in Italian society to form an “order” or guild; loyalty to the group often trumps any sense of the common good. Hence the director general of the Ministry of Education who refuses to fire professors who cheated their way into their university chairs may not be doing so out of personal corruption but because of a kind of guild loyalty: he is refusing to allow another guild, in this case, the magistrates, to interfere with the running of his own group.
Across the ideological spectrum there are pressure groups of all kinds that conspire to make decisive action impossible. Like most European countries, Italy has very few natural energy resources and must import almost all its oil and gas—an increasing drain on the economy. Other European countries have invested seriously in alternative energy. Spain gets 7.5 percent of its energy from wind power, while Italy gets less than 1 percent. Germany uses fifty-seven times more solar energy than Italy even though Italy obviously has more plentiful sunlight. France generates 78 percent of its electricity from nuclear power and Italy close to none. Italy simply has no alternative energy policy.


Mazzoleni, Gianpietro. "With the Media, Without the Media: Reasons and Implications of the Electoral Success of Silvio Berlusconi in 2001." Changing Media, Changing Europe 1.(2004): 257-276. Communication & Mass Media Complete. EBSCO. Web. 26 Nov. 2010. [7]

Doyle, Waddick. "Seducing the Republic: Berlusconi, narrative seduction, commercial television and political power." Conference Papers -- International Communication Association (2003): 1-11. Communication & Mass Media Complete. EBSCO. Web. 26 Nov. 2010.[8]

This article offers an analysis of specific ways that Berlusconi used his TV monopoloy to influence italian political culture.
Italy in the 1980’s saw a transition from a national public television system with a monopoly held by the RAI to a duopoly with the rise of a series of commercial television networks in a cartel controlled by Silvio Berlusconi. Later, Berlusconi was to found a political party and to become Prime Minister of Italy in 1994. After some years in opposition, he has now been relelected with a handsome majority and is again the Prime Minister and Berlusconi has been nicknamed Il Gran Seduttore. What is the role of narrative seduction in his success? How did serialised stories help him in these moves? Put theoretically, in what sense did the stories on his television stations become scripts for the success of his networks and eventually his political career? Did it provide a script for performances in the public sphere or at least a set of metaphors? As texts are they performative, do they produce effects or change the way people view television or behave as political and linguistic subjects? How does the organisation of of desire by stories travel across genres and spheres of the social space? [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]


28 seconds of Berlusconi [9]

Padovani, Cinzia. "The Extreme Right and Its Media in Italy." Conference Papers -- International Communication Association (2009): 1-16. Communication & Mass Media Complete. EBSCO. Web. 26 Nov. 2010. [10]