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La leadership politica in Italia alla luce della tradizione comica nazionale

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Maria Pia Pozzato

Dipartimento di Filosofia e Comunicazione Via Azzo Gardino 22, 40122 Bologna (Italia), IT
About Maria Pia

Maria Pia Pozzato insegna materie semiotiche in vari corsi di laurea e al Master di giornalismo dell’Università di Bologna. Ha scritto numerosi saggi sul costume italiano, fra cui quelli recentemente raccolti in Foto di matrimonio e altri saggi, Milano, Bompiani, 2012. La sua ultima pubblicazione, con Daniela Panosetti, è ugualmente su un fenomeno di costume, il gusto per il vintage (Passione vintage. Il gusto per il passato nei consumi, nei film e nelle serie televisive, Roma Carocci, 2013).

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Political leadership in Italy in the light of the national comical tradition

This essay deals with humour and satire in politics. The issue of humour is contextualized within a wider cultural phenomenon called ‘show civilisation’ or ‘schermopolis’, i.e. the pervasiveness of screens in our everyday life. In doing so I will consider the role of new media and social networks in fostering the use of humour in political discourse. Next I will try to find a new framework for forms of popularity in politics by adapting to the current conjuncture the definitions given by Eric Landowsky at the end of the 1980s. Nowadays the politician-vedette is indeed the most popular form within the show civilisation phenomenon mentioned above. I will demonstrate that some Italian versions of this figure seem inspired by a rich Italian Comedy tradition. Finally, I will propose a number of hypotheses about the ways in which leaders obtain electoral consensus, for example through physical attractiveness, sympathy, and their ability to amuse people. In this perspective, a leader who is good for a laugh seems automatically a good leader.

DOI: http://doi.org/10.18352/incontri.9879
How to Cite: Pozzato, M.P., (2014). La leadership politica in Italia alla luce della tradizione comica nazionale. Incontri. Rivista europea di studi italiani. 29(2), pp.66–78. DOI: http://doi.org/10.18352/incontri.9879
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Published on 22 Dec 2014.
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