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April 11, 2011

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Declinism is crap, or at least it is these days. I hear it used to be better.

Great topic. From Tim Parks's entertaining piece on Italy in the 4/11 New Yorker:

Here is the novelist Vincenzo Consolo describing the Italy created by Berlusconi’s popular television:


Ever more petit bourgeois, consumerist and fascistic, the tele-stupefied country has lost all awareness of culture and language. It has lost all memory of itself, its history, its identity. Italian has become a horrendous language, a babble invaded by media languages which expresses nothing but merchandise and consumption.

Read more http://www.newyorker.com/arts/critics/atlarge/2011/04/11/110411crat_atlarge_parks#ixzz1JK5YwLmv

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