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Do Italians exist? Investigation into a fragile identity by Giorgio Zanchini

Giorgio Zanchini (Rome, 30 January 1967) is an Italian journalist, radio host, television presenter and essayist.
Graduated with honors in Law at the University of Rome “La Sapienza” he specialized in Journalism and Mass Communications at the Free International University of Social Studies Guido Carli (Luiss) in Rome.

He joined Rai through a competition in December 1996. Initially he worked at Giornale Radio Rai, at Radio 1, from 2010 to 2014 at Radio 3, from 2014 again at Radio 1. He hosted Il baco del millennio and, until May 24, 2014, Tutta la città parla di voce, on Radio 3.
He currently hosts the radio show Radio anch’io.

From 28 June to 23 August 2022 he leads in prime time on Rai 3, with Roberta Rei, the transmission Filorosso.
Outside the radio and television world, he holds lectures, masters and seminars on journalism at various universities. With Lella Mazzoli he is the director of the Festival of Cultural Journalism since 2013. He is deputy director of the magazine I diritti dell’Uomo, cronache e battaglie. He is a member of the Scientific Committee on Information Matters.

Do Italians exist? Investigation on a fragile identity his latest literary effort published by Rai libri seems a bizarre question, but in reality many have always wondered about the identity of our people, with very different answers, between pride and despair. Does it still make sense to ask?

In an increasingly flat, more globalized, always connected world, can we still speak of an Italian character? Giorgio Zanchini, tries to investigate this old question, questioning experts in various fields and analyzing the moods and mood of listeners and viewers of our country.

It is a long reflection on the theme and concept of Italians and nation.
The great journalist and man wonders why, unlike other European countries, there is a society of rational selfishness in Italy and why, on earth, the model of civil society would have educated everyone to the sense of a unitary state.

Society and social bonding are among the most important points of his essay. Societies set good customs and public virtues and define the interests for the collective, creating a well-ordered society. A shared world of things, in the absence of political unity, implies the importance of each one to pursue them in living his own life.

In this universal dissolution of social principles, in this chaos that really frightens the heart of Zanchini, and places him in great perhaps about the future destiny of civil societies and in great uncertainty of how they can last to subsist in the future, the other civilized nations, have a conservative principle of morality and therefore of society, which although it seems minimal, and almost cowardly compared to the great moral principles and illusions that have been lost, yet it is of a very great effect.


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