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The nature of television and the apparent neutrality of words

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Raise your hand if, at least once, at home with the family you have still experienced a deep sense of loneliness in finding everyone apart from each other. This so-called ‘domestic’ scene has become a recurring theme, where the home – as suggested by the bitter irony of the Faro vignette on the front cover – has a father who, desolate and dejected, mourns the ‘old times’, in which at least the whole family gathered around the same screen.

With today’s technological advances and new forms of communication and entertainment, we are participating in a true break down of a listening audience and good familial communication. This breakdown is now also apparent at the table, during the traditional family gathering for mealtimes. The man of the house, in our vignette, is there to point out that all is not well.

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Breaking Bad: the lost innocence of the antihero

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Albuquerque. New Mexico. A high school chemistry teacher discovers he’s ill with cancer and turns to illegal production of a synthetic drug in order to make money and secure his family’s financial situation after his death. This is how Walter White, assisted by a former student, now drug addict, leaves behind the middle-class provincial life and embraces a path that quickly spirals downhill. With daring maneuvers to defend his image- a respectable man, in love with his pregnant wife, a good father to his eldest son whom he loves dearly- Walter ventures into the world of gangs.

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Adoptions by gay couples: ideologies aside, what about the reality?

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Undoubtedly, men or women living in same-sex relationships often feel a desire to have children.

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A new year brings new things. From today, using a cell phone to browse the Famil...

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The Power of Videogames. An interview with Professor Romano

The Power of Videogames. An interview with Professor Romano

We have had the pleasure of meeting Professor Giuseppe Romano, one of the leadin...

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Media Representation of the Deviant Teenager: Analysis and Tools

Media Representation of the Deviant Teenager: Analysis and Tools

Records over the last two decades reveal that in Italy there is no doubt that th...

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Sexting and teenagers: 40% send messages of sexual nature

Sexting and teenagers: 40% send messages of sexual nature

More than 40% of Italian youth between the ages of 12 to 17, send or receive, th...

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Identity and Recognition in Film and TV

Identity and Recognition in Film and TV

On December 10-11, 2015, the the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome h...

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Advertising and Values: When Ads go beyond making sales

Advertising and Values:  When Ads  go beyond making sales

I t goes without saying that advertising is a commercial instrument that serves a...

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Values and Advertising: An Interview with Alfonso Méndiz Noguero

Values and Advertising: An Interview with Alfonso Méndiz Noguero

The movies industry and advertising have influenced our lives forever, our consu...

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Video Games: Instructions for Use

Video Games: Instructions for Use

How are video games changing – and how are we changing with them – during the er...

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Interview with José María Corominas, President of the European Institute for the Study of Education (IEEE)

Interview with José María Corominas, President of the European Institute for the Study of Education (IEEE)

Nowadays, educating children has become a more complicated task than ever before...

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Avant-garde films searching for lost fatherhood

Avant-garde films searching for lost fatherhood

The father figure in the two generational works of art: “To Kill a Mockingbird” ...

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Choose A Film, a book that can help you decide

Choose A Film, a book that can help you decide

Choose A Film 2015, Edizioni San Paolo, Milan (price €19.50, 278 pages). &nb...

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Concrete Aid to Others Change the World. Playing

Concrete Aid to Others  Change the World. Playing

The sound of the telephone suddenly interrupts the deaf silence of my room. I la...

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