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The Contemporary Italian Media: Industries and Markets, Politics and Culture Alessandro DArma

The Contemporary Italian Media: Industries and Markets, Politics and Culture

Alessandro DArma

Published September 15th 2015
ISBN : 9780739186183
Hardcover
226 pages
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During the past twenty years Italy has been one of the most controversial media systems in the world, given the troubling accumulation of media and political power by Silvio Berlusconi. The general elections of February 2013 can be considered asMoreDuring the past twenty years Italy has been one of the most controversial media systems in the world, given the troubling accumulation of media and political power by Silvio Berlusconi. The general elections of February 2013 can be considered as having symbolically closed a twenty-year period of Italian history, a period dominated by Silvio Berlusconi politically and by television as channel of political communication. Those elections, and subsequent political events, saw the rise of new political actors and the growing role of the Internet and social media alongside television in the process of mediated political communication. The Contemporary Italian Media is the first book to provide a comprehensive examination of this twenty-year period. The analysis focuses on change and continuity with past media structures, cultures and practices, and considers the Berlusconi factor, namely the impact of one man on the country s media system, journalism and political communication. Topics include: Berlusconi, media and political power- public service broadcasting and the question of political independence- the politics of media ownership regulation- the impact of technological change on the Italian media system- political journalism- Internet politics and the rise of Beppe Grillo s Five-Star Movement. The timely addition to the literature will be an important resource for Italianists as well as scholars and students of media and politics in Europe and beyond.