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Sabadin, Vittorio

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La Stampa - Italy | 08/07/2011

Murdoch sacrifices scandal paper for pay TV

Rupert Murdoch's decision to close down the tabloid News of the World is driven purely by business-related motives, writes the liberal daily La Stampa: "Neither shame nor the desire to bring a little morality back into editorials prompted Murdoch to close the paper. The biggest publisher in the world is a merciless gambler willing to put all his eggs in one basket. His main goal right now is the complete takeover of the British Sky Broadcasting network. ...  There were already a few obstacles to the success of this operation even before the scandal, but now it would have become impossible. You don't hand control over a television broadcaster that can compete with the BBC to a publisher who can't even keep his own journalists and their unscrupulous methods in check."

La Stampa - Italy | 22/04/2009

Pulitzer Prize gives newspapers new hope

The daily La Stampa sees it as a hopeful sign that this year's Pulitzer Prize in all its categories went to newspaper journalists even though Internet articles were also assessed: "The pessimists who regard newspapers as dinosaurs threatened with extinction see this as a swansong. On the other hand it could be proof that not all is lost yet. Considering that the award is about rewarding quality of information, nothing and no one can beat the newspapers. The choice of winners appears to support the theory of Rupert Murdoch, the world's largest publisher, according to which the many websites that compete with newspapers can only survive because they download the articles of these very newspapers for free. … So this is a sign of hope for the survival of quality. However, it seems many publishers in the United States no longer care. [The Pulitzer Prize winner] Paul Giblin has been unemployed since last October."

La Stampa - Italy | 20/05/2008

An important opening of boundaries

"We are still far from being able to breed mythological creatures like the minotaur, the sphinx or the chimera. Researchers are sticking to the field of cytoplasm and have no plans for combining human and animal DNA in stem cells. Yet the voices of those who fear scientists could lose control over their hybrid creations, as doctor Frankenstein did, are growing louder. In truth, Westminster's vote yesterday was an important step in opening the boundaries of science which will help counter the lack of human embryos available for research and the ethical problems bound up with their use. ... The number of egg cells needed for a series of experiments is extremely high, and the only alternative to creating hybrid cells would be to subject women to hormone treatment on a massive scale so they produce thousands of egg cells."

La Stampa - Italy | 20/03/2008

Vittorio Sabadin analyses the tranformation of social classes

Italian journalist and writer Vittorio Sabadin analyses the changes that have taken place in Western societies since the 19th Century. "The social classes as they are described by Karl Marx and Max Weber don't exist anymore, and it's no longer money that makes the difference. To classify individuals, it's taste, attitudes and education that count the most. In our Western societies, the hope for a single prosperous middle class disappears in the economic crisis. It takes away the amount of resources available to those in the middle of the ladder, and pulls them irrevocably downwards. ... The destruction of class doesn't only affect the middle classes. The working class works harder and harder in India and China and less and less in Europe."

La Stampa - Italy | 06/12/2006

Alessandro Barrico's vision of 'The Enchanted Flute'

The Italian writer Alessandro Baricco has rewritten a comic and modern version of Mozart's 'Enchanted Flute' recitatives that date back to the end of the 18th century. This new version, which will be presented in Turin next December 12th, is already much talked about in the press. The journalist and writer Vittorio Sabadini considers that Baricco has taken a very big risk. "As always, it will be up to the public to decide, no judgement can be mad before seeing the show. But the version of Mozart's Magic Flute that is going to be presented in Turin cannot avoid stirring up gossip and slander. The author should be more present in order to explain situations that are unclear and, it has to be said, leave people a little perplexed. It could not be otherwise in view of the novelty introduced by Baricco, who is well aware of the risk taken by whoever seeks to innovate in operas considered by the public to be sacred and inviolable".

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