Mobile phone moment in Milan

Sunday, 4 August, 2013

“Franco Ferrarotti, a sociologist at the University of Sapienza in Rome, also believes that the Italian overuse of the phones stems from a national passion for verbal communication. But he said it was abetted by a flair for deception. ‘Lying is a Mediterranean art form,’ he told the Rome daily Il Messaggero. The cell phone ‘allows us to call from downtown Rome and say we are on vacation in the Maldives or Paris or London,’ he said.”


“Sociologists like Mr. Ferraroti say the cell phone is no longer a status symbol here. Rather, they view it as a crutch that has now spread across social classes and deep into the fabric of Italian society. Under a headline ‘Cell phones: the real story is the sacred Italian family,’ Beppe Severgnini, a journalist, wrote recently in Corriere Della Sera that they had tapped into the ‘the triumph of the tentacled family relations in Italy.’ He termed the cell phone a ‘high-tech umbilical cord.'”

Cell Phone Craze Has Italy Humming, New York Times, 5 August 1999

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