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The Truth Society: Science, Disinformation, and Politics in Berlusconi's Italy

Noelle Molé Liston


This book seeks to understand how a period of Italian political spectacle, which regularly blurred fact and fiction, has shaped how people understand truth, mass-mediated information, scientific knowledge, and forms of governance. The book scrutinizes Italy's late-twentieth-century political culture, particularly the impact of the former prime minister and media mogul Silvio Berlusconi. By doing so, the book examines how this truth-bending political era made science, logic, and rationality into ideas that needed saving. With the prevalence of fake news and our seeming lack of shared reality in ... More

Keywords: mass-mediated information, scientific knowledge, governance, Italian political culture, Silvio Berlusconi, truth bending, fake news, Italy, disinformation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781501750786
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501750786.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Noelle Molé Liston, author
New York University