‘Obsolescente’, by Giancarlo Trapanese

Associazione Amici di Spoleto Onlus
XV “Walter Tobagi” Journalism Introductory Course
RAI journalist
(Italic Pequod Publishing)

FRIDAY 8 NOVEMBER 2019, h 17
Palazzo Leti Sansi, Via Arco di Druso – Spoleto

Speeches: Roberto Conticelli, president of the Ordine dei Giornalisti dell’Umbria
Chairman: Dario Pompili, president of the Associazione Amici di Spoleto

Institutional greetings:
Umberto de Augustinis, mayor
Beatrice Montioni, councillor for education

Friday 8 November 2019 at 17 at Palazzo Leti Sansi (Via Arco di Druso) RAI journalist and writer Giancarlo Trapanese presents his last novel ‘Obsolescente’, published by Italic Pequod. The novel is mostly set in the province of Perugia and deals with topicality.

Scheduled obsolescence – Retired 75-year-old Perugian engineer Inna, a failed American marriage behind his shoulders, reflects on the meaning of a life devoid of affection and perspectives; a bit misogynistic and grumpy, was perhaps the world’s greatest expert on “planned obsolescence”, IT sector in ever-increasing development, that unsoundly imposes a deadline over the functioning of mobile phones, computers and many other devices by making them fail after a given period, to allow high production rates and employment levels. A life spent “spoiling” instead of “building” till destiny finally offers him a dramatic challenge with his past and his present, a challenge that will change his own lifeviews. 

The “Walter Tobagi” preparatory journalism course was launched in 2005 to commemorate the figure of the journalist of the Corriere della Sera Walter Tobagi, born in the hamlet of San Brizio di Spoleto and killed in Milan in 1980 by the Red Brigades. The edition that will take place during this school year, therefore, will be important because it will end on May 28th 2020, on the 40th anniversary of Tobagi’s death.
Two hundred students from the “Sansi Leonardi Volta” and “Giancarlo De Carolis” high schools will participate. The course will offer a series of meetings with professional journalists, and at the end, 1st-level students will produce a special issue of the “News From Spoleto” magazine, while 2nd-level students will be involved in the production of a webradio broadcast and a tv programme.

The “Valenti” school in Trevi will also be involved, with the activation of an in-depth study dedicated to journalism and to Walter Tobagi, on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of his killing. The work carried out by the schools involved in the preparatory journalism course “Walter Tobagi” will be presented publicly as part of an event to be held Thursday, May 28, 2020, the anniversary of Tobagi’s death.

On the occasion of the closing ceremony, the Amici di Spoleto Association will assign a recognition in memory of Dante Ciliani, president of the Order of Journalists of Umbria, to the author (or authors) of the elaborate considered more incisive and original among those realized by the boys of the 1st year of the “Tobagi” Course. A recognition in memory of Walter Tobagi will be given instead for the paper that will be considered of particular interest by the coordinators.

Two quotations are proposed as leading themes of the papers. The first is taken from the last report written by Walter Tobagi for the assembly of members of the Lombard Association of Journalists: “The democracy of a country is measured by the freedom of its press. A freedom that must be defended without hesitation even at a time like this, conditioned by the explosion of insane violence. It is the courage of democracy that must prevail over the brutality of barbarism, however disguised. It is the challenge of democracy that must prevail over any totalitarian temptation”, Walter Tobagi, 26 February 1980.

Author of the second citation is Bernardino Ragni, naturalist and zoologist from Spoleto: “The brief history of the wise man opens a luminous opening of hope on the present grim and the very black future: the Third Revolution or Postindustrial Revolution. Absolutely the most difficult, the most unlikely, the most unnatural of the three. It takes the name of: conservation and sustainable use of resources “, from B. Ragni, Wildlife Economy. New Paleolithic, Aracne Ed., Ariccia (RM) 2015, p. 27.

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