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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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Laura Méndez
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
Ioannis Savvas
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
Robertisenberg
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
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
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GONZA
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
Ferda Nihat Koksoy
YENGEÇ ADIMLARIYLA - SICAK SAVAŞLAR VE MEDYATİK POPULİZM
(http://www.kitabinomurgasi.com/2012/1...)
Kitaptan Alıntılar ve Sentezler:
-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 ö
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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 perf ...more
Mina Villalobos
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
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Cindy
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
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Lammoth
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
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sidana
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
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Louise
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
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dario
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
Derek
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
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Robert McDonald
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
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Raf
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
Maureen
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
Lisa
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
Devero
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
Tancredi
"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

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Indalecio
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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Charles
I got this book purely based on the author. I didn't even know his nationality. This is significant, because he's Italian and he makes a lot of references to Italian events/people who I am not familiar with, especially politics. The only Italian political figure I'm familiar with since WWII is Berlusconi. And, him, I only knew was corrupt.

But, even with my unfamiliarity, when he was criticizing Italian politics, I agreed with the criticisms for American politics. So, I was usually able to get th
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Martin Hernandez
Recopilación de ensayos y columnas publicados en periódicos, donde ECO presenta sus reflexiones sobre temas diversos: política internacional, Berlusconi, la sociedad multiétnica y mediática; a éstos se suman notas culturales diversas. Con estos artículos, ECO desea mostrar una colección suficiente de fenómenos – que justifiquen el título: ¡en lo histórico venimos avanzando como los cangrejos! El profesor se queda con la impresión de que la historia, fatigada de avanzar, prefiere ahora replegarse ...more
Claudia
Read it, interesting...not much to add!
Ivana
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Cdan
if you want to read some good essays, and if you want to read something new and cool by Eco, don't read this. try Baudolino. this collection is rather simplistic and very boring (italian internal politics, Berlusconi, social bla bla.However, it contains an absolutely impecable text, memorable indeed: "On the shoulders of giants". It's about the way we use today the notion of relativism. brilliant.
Tyas
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.
Kathy
This is a collection of articles, so doesn't have the cohesiveness of a book with a central theme. However, it's a great introduction to Umberto Eco's political philosophy. In addition, it's a great way to view America from the outside, as many of the articles have relevance to America's political and cultural impact.
Roberta
Si tratta di una raccolta di saggi - scritti tra il 2000 e il 2005 - di vario genere, che spaziano dal populismo mediatico di Berlusconi alla guerra.
A parte in qualche saggio eccessivamente specialistico, il tono erudito ma ironico di Eco si fa apprezzare notevolmente e trasmette alcune riflessioni molto interessanti.
Talya
Maravilloso. Espectacular. Fascinante. Me hizo reír, me hizo pensar, me llevó a reflexionar. Es una recopilación muy interesante. Hay algunas páginas hilarantes, y el último texto es, en mi opinión, genial. Tardé mucho tiempo en terminarlo, demasiado diría yo, pero es que mi ritmo de lectura es caótico. Hats off.
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