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Gli scritti di questo libro sono apparsi tra inizio 2000 e fine 2005, negli anni dell'11 settembre, delle guerre in Afghanistan e in Iraq, dell'instaurazione in Italia di un regime di populismo mediatico. Leggendoli ci si accorge che sin dalla fine dello scorso millennio si sono verificati drammatici passi all'indietro. È risorto il fantasma del Pericolo Giallo, è stata ri ...more
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Published February 8th 2006 by Bompiani (first published 2005)
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Aug 09, 2008 Cindy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is better than others. Here is an excerpt from (the lighter side of) Eco:

Recently a pensive disciple of mine (a certain Criton) asked me: "Master, how can we best approach death?" I replied that the only way to prepare for death is to convince yourself that everyone else is a complete idiot.

Seeing Criton's amazement, I explained. You see, I told him, how can you approach death, even if you are a believer, if you think that, as you lie dying, desirable young people of both sexes are da
Laura Méndez
Jan 31, 2013 Laura Méndez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bueno. Es un placer leer a Eco. Se aprende mucho y se duda. Es tan buen novelista como ensayista, habiendo leído El nombre de la rosa y El péndulo de foucault se me antojaba que así sería... es clara la erudición de este señor (lo que se agradece, al leer tantas citas y referencias termina uno investigando sobre todas aquellas vicisitudes históricas, efemérides y sobre personajes de lo más interesantes,que además tiene la osadía de hoy en día argumentar su posición y no ser dogmático y mesiánico ...more
Robert Isenberg
Oct 28, 2008 Robert Isenberg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For years, Umberto Eco has always shown up at the right time to signal a new era in my life. "The Name of the Rose" propelled me from weaselly sci-fi dork to aspiring culturatus. "How to Travel With a Salmon" inducted me into the world of humor. "Travels in Hyperreality" transformed my vision of "truth" and "authenticity" just as I entered my most happily skeptical period. "Foucault's Pendulum" mirrored my actual social life in so many ways that the parallels were almost frightening (especially ...more
Kate Gould
Feb 18, 2010 Kate Gould rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Umberto Eco likes to think of himself as disagreeable. Being described as such, he says, “fills me with pride and virtuous satisfaction”. To this end, he exhorts readers to, amongst other things, insult the dead, ritually sacrifice presidents, choose their own judge, and boycott products sold on state-owned television channels. None of which, it could possibly be argued, is entirely unreasonable or disagreeable.

What is disagreeable – more irritating, really – is Eco’s tone. Supercilious, pondero
Jun 16, 2015 Deborah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Highly thought provoking. Insightful look at where we are through the lens of history.

To legitimize Athenian hegemony over her Greek neighbors and over foreign peoples, Pericles portrays the Athenian way of life in charming colors in order to legitimize Athens' right to impose its power.

"And if our ancestors are worthy of praise, our fathers are even more so: they spared no pains to add the empire that is now ours to the one that had been left to them, and that they bequeathed to us..."

felix cul
Mina Villalobos
Jul 08, 2011 Mina Villalobos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, politics
All I had read of Eco before this essays were his novels, that even though they're really great, they don't really read easily. His essays seem much more vital to me, more true to narrative probably because so many of them are anecdotal -all of them, perhaps? If you understand his conclusions and predictions and vagaries as a result of his experience, which they are.

His views on politics are terrifyingly close to home for me -I had never thought my country would have so many points of symmetry w
Ioannis Savvas
Feb 13, 2013 Ioannis Savvas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Το βιβλίο «Με το βήμα του κάβουρα» είναι μια συλλογή από δοκίμια και άρθρα του Umberto Eco που έχουν δημοσιευτεί από το 2000 σε περιοδικά και εφημερίδες. Η θεματολογία του Eco είναι τεράστια και περιλαμβάνει πολιτική (Μπους, Μπερλουσκόνι, Μπιν Λάντεν), επιστήμη (τεχνολογία, ιατρική, γενετική), τέχνη (Χάρυ Πότερ), μέχρι φιλοσοφία, θρησκεία και μεταφυσική. Ο κοινός παρονομαστής του έργου είναι τα ΜΜΕ και ο λαϊκισμός που ασκούν (ένα φαινόμενο που, υπό τις συνθήκες που γράφει ο συγγραφέας ανθεί στην ...more
May 09, 2013 Louise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: italy
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.

Of particular note is the opening piece with thoughts on paleo and neo wars. These terms were new and provocative for me.

Another highlight is the section on the media. Italy's experience in media concentration, having a media entrepreneur to take the reins of government and conflate his interest with
Robert McDonald
Dec 10, 2008 Robert McDonald rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Umberto Eco’s new collection of essays, entitled “Turning back the clock: hot wars and media populism,” is a mixed bag. Some of the essays are so specific to particular moments in Italian politics that they are hard for Americans to understand. Some are fun and amusing but aren’t of much lasting interest. Some, however, are masterpieces of the genre.

One of the best essays is called “The wolf and the lamb: The rhetoric of oppression.” The centerpiece of the essay is the fable of the wolf and the
May 24, 2008 Raf rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's a collection of essays from Eco, only part of which is about hot wars or media populism (my bad definition - the need of media companies to increase revenues, combined with the use of the media by political powers, leading to lowest common denominator media, which works against the very people they loudly claim to represent and serve). A lot of reflection by a guy who is into history, philosophy, and pop culture. It is witty and dry, and a bunch of it went over my head, but I liked it, and ...more
Dec 30, 2008 Maureen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I tend to think that I am a fairly intelligent, well-read person until I pick up any book by Umberto Eco. In this collection of essays from 2000 to 2005, many of which were originally newspaper columns, Eco explores four main themes through his philosophical lens: terrorism, politics (both Italian and international), the media and religion. Too bad that we don't have a U.S. equivalent warning us that "words are stones," or that when someone begins with a concession, " the sting will be in the ta ...more
Oct 22, 2011 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 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 demonst ...more
Dariusz Płochocki
Podróż do Italii sprzed półtorej dekady, poczatki reżimu Berlusconiego, obawy przed rokiem 2000, tragedia WTC i wojny z terroryzmem, wiele skandali o których nie słyszeliśmy, bądź zdążyliśmy szczęśliwie zapomnieć. Miła podróż, szczególnie warto przeczytać esej na temat premier Pasji Gibsona, czy o umieraniu i opuszczania świata pełnego kretynów.
Mar 23, 2014 GONZA rated it really liked it
La premessa è che se io non sapessi cosa pensa Umberto Eco questo libro mi sarebbe sembrata una novità assoluta, ma non è cosi': ho coinciato con il nome della rosa e il pendolo e a seguire il secondo diario minimo, raccolte delle sue bustine di minerva, che leggo quando posso sull'espresso, quindi io sapevo cosa mi aspettava. Nonostante questo non posso che provare un immenso piacere e sommo autocompiacimento nel pensarla esattamente come qualcuno che ritengo un grandissimo uomo di cultura e og ...more
Procyon Lotor
Il filo fra questi pezzi dovrebbe essere che il mondo - esaurito il progresso - sta regredendo o almento pendolando indietro. Il pretesto debolino ed Eco a partire da qualche robusto (pochi) indice d'arretramento forza a martellate quelli incerti o addirittura fuorvianti. L'I-pod che sarebbe il ritorno alla radio ne un esempio clamoroso. Quando uno come me trova dei difetti in un libro di commenti socioculturpolitici di Eco non un bel segno. Non vuol dire che sono progredito io ma che perfino ...more
Jul 28, 2009 Tyas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: essay
Highly entertaining, while sobering at the same time. I wish everyone were as sane and possessed clarity like Eco.

This book kept me laughing while reading it; I really love pieces like the ones on Passion of the Christ (which shows that actually it's Mel Gibson who loves to torture Jesus, LOL!) and Dan Brown.

Will forever grace my shelves.
Aaron Gallardo
Nov 06, 2015 Aaron Gallardo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eco es conocido por sus ensayos sobre las masas. Sin embargo, aquí (al menos aquí) precisamente aquellos son los más desastrosos. No necesité leer muchas páginas antes de darme cuenta de que es religioso y (una buena forma de) conservador. Es perspicaz. Es ''bueno''; no en el sentido de Camus: en Eco no hay virilidad. Es conciliatorio sobre todo. Sacrifica. Su sentido del humor es retorcido. Ha leído mucho. Me gustaría conocerlo, en pocas palabras, y eso lo hace tangible, establece una relación ...more
Satish Bagal
Mar 25, 2015 Satish Bagal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Umberto Eco is a great novelist and a fine essayist. I am great admirer of his novels and also his two insightful books of essays, "On Literature" and "Turning Back the Clock".

One great thing I observed in his writing, especially in his "Turning Back the Clock" is that he speaks language of Mahatma Gandhi on many issues that he tackles in this book of essays. Fascinated with this, I wrote a blog on my blogsite titled " Umberto Eco: Speaking Mahatma's Language".

I am giving below a link to my bl
Oct 09, 2015 Rossdavidh rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: white
Umberto Eco first came to my attention when I saw the movie "The Name of the Rose". I read the book, and found that, in addition to the murder mystery which the movie showed, this book was also a story of political and theological conflict, with a large dose of medieval reference as well. The author obviously has no fear, and it is a wonder he manages to be published, given that he writes on such forbidding topics, and in Italian to boot. The reason he gets away with it, of course, is that he is ...more
Ferda Nihat Koksoy
Feb 10, 2016 Ferda Nihat Koksoy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
-2001 New York - Dünya Ticaret Merkezi eylemine benzer bir eylem Roma - San Pietro Katedrali vb. için tekrarlanacak olursa, Batı'da müslüman avı başlayabilir ve durum Hitler'i aratabilir.

-ABD bilim merkezleri (özellikler Kaliforniya) uzak doğuluların yönetimine geçtikçe, ABD'nin dikkat ve ticareti uzakdoğuya yönelmekte; yalnızlaşan Avrupa ya tek ülke gibi davranmayı öğrenir yada balkanlaşıp dağılır.

-Günümüz uygarlığı tüm yaşamı karnaval hal
Dec 27, 2013 Lammoth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Умберто Еко е една от най-ерудираните личности в литературата и като истински библиофил има огромни познания, особено в областта на историята.
"Връща ли се часовникът назад" е сборник от есета, публикации и статии за различни издания, тематично подредени и издадени като книга. Първата ѝ половина ми бе по-безинтересна, тъй като засяга предимно проблемите на Италия, най-вече свързани с прословутия премиер-циркаджия Силвио Берлускони и неговия медиен монопол, който много сполучливо е сравняван от Ек
Oct 20, 2013 sidana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yeni dünyadaki savaşlarda;Düşmanın kim olduğu belirsizdir ve savaş göğü göğüse gerçekleşmez
"Bir Amerikan uçağı düşerse yenisini yaparlar ama bir Suriye uçağı düşerse Batı'dan yeni bir uçak satın almakta güçlük çekebilirler."

"Ama Saddam zalim bir diktatördür ve halkı kanlı idaresi altında acı çekmektedir.Zavallı Iraklıları düşünmeyelim mi?Elbette düşünelim,ama zavallı Kuzey Koreliler,Afrika ve Asya kıtalarında birçok diktatörün yönetimi altında ezilenleri,Güney Amerika'da solcu devrimlere engel o
Jul 23, 2011 dario rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
El libro, dado el tiempo transcurrido, se debate entre parecer maniqueista (el paso del tiempo no le juega a favor) o merecer otra suerte (Existe?). Me explico: en varios escritos, se necesita -a rabiar- o ser italiano o vivir el día a día de la sociedad italiana o cuanto más no sea, ser un admirador de la política y liturgias propias de aquel país. Si desconocés éste o aquel apellido, aquella región lombarda, aquella canzonetta o aquella carta de Fátima, wikipedia will do the rest!. Deberás inv ...more
Meh. Like Witherington, I read this book to get a taste for Eco's style and worldview. Like Witherington, the style is superb, worldview, not so much. Eco is Catholic, but liberally so. He should stick with semiotics and medieval art rather than politics and philosophy. Or at least, if he really wants to talk about politics, he should study, like his superb research into the Middle Ages, what he is writing about instead of repeating the latest progressive invectives and talking points.

That being
Leslie Graff
Reading these essays felt like a return to my academic days, albeit in a pleasant way. These essays felt like the more popular selection that would be paired with a set of more traditional, scholarly essays on a similar topic. I struggled a bit with the essays on Italian politics as that's just not an area of knowledge for me, but the overall critiques were interesting.
Jun 07, 2016 Boris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Odlična knjiga, Ecovih eseja, govora i članaka. Obuhvaća područja politike, socijologije, književnosti, filozofije, psihologije itd. U njoj su sakupljeni njegovi radovi od 2000. do 2005. godine. Dakle, riječ je o dobu Berlusconija, Bin Ladena i napada na blizance. Zatim popularnih trendova poput Harry Pottera, Da Vincijeva koda, Pasije i sl. Velika pozornost posvećena je teoriji rata i masmedijima i njihovom utjecaju na društvo. Svakim člankom iz Eca progovara erudit, pacifist i realni kritičar, ...more
Mike Peleah
Feb 24, 2016 Mike Peleah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
"Turning Back Clock" is a collection of essays, articles, and speeches, which Umberto Eco delivered between 1999 and 2005. In 10-15 years these pieces are still timely and essential. While the book is dealing mostly with media populism and waging of hot wars, it also touches many important issues of modern society. How classic gossip, which was an instrument of social cohesion, was replaced by modern gossip, an element of social status. Why we should invite Muslim fundamentalists to carry out re ...more
Sep 01, 2013 Devero rated it liked it
Gli scritti di questo libro sono apparsi tra inizio 2000 e fine 2005, negli anni dell'11 settembre, delle guerre in Afghanistan e in Iraq, dell'instaurazione in Italia di un regime di populismo mediatico. Leggendoli ci si accorge che sin dalla fine dello scorso millennio si sono verificati drammatici passi all'indietro. È risorto il fantasma del Pericolo Giallo, è stata riaperta la polemica antidarwiniana del XIX secolo, abbiamo di nuovo l'antisemitismo, si è riaperto il contenzioso tra Chiesa e ...more
Jan 29, 2011 T4ncr3d1 rated it it was amazing
"Uno degli aspetti positivi della felix culpa è che, se Adamo non peccava, non avrebbe dovuto guadagnarsi il pane col sudore della fronte, e a gingillarsi tutto il giorno nell'Eden sarebbe rimasto uno zuzzurellone. Dal che emerge la provvidenzialità del Serpente."

Personalmente, detesto l'Umbero Eco autore di romanzi - Il nome della rosa? Un noioso ed inutile sfoggio di erudizione - mentre amo e venero l'Umberto Eco saggista ed opinionista. Ho amato tutte le sue "Bustine" sull'Espresso e ritrovar

Libro de ensayos sobre tematicas relacionadas con el cambio del milenio.
Donde el autor gira en torno a temas tales como la globalizacion, la religion, el antisemitismo (y otras multiples formas de racismo), el consumismo, los medios masivos de comunicacion (y su papel de titiriteros de la globalizacion) y la politica. Es sumamente interezante la agudeza y lucidez de los ensayos y a la vez muy claro, pero en cuanto a la politica, mayormente centrada en la Italia Berlusconiana, en lo particular m
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Umberto Eco was an Italian writer of fiction, essays, academic texts, and children's books, and certainly one of the finest authors of the twentieth century. A professor of semiotics at the University of Bologna, Eco’s brilliant fiction is known for its playful use of language and symbols, its astonishing array of allusions and references, and clever use of puzzles and narrative inventions. His pe ...more
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