Il Diabolik si nasconde nei dettagli

Tecnologia e “modernità amorale"


  • Massimiliano Panarari

Parole chiave:

cultura popolare, razionalità strumentale, industria cultural, modernità amorale, tecnologia


The creation of Diabolik (1962) was marked by signs of modernity in various respects: the seriality; the graphic format; the typology of industrial production; the target audience. A genealogy that reflects the Italian modern times strongly desired by Giussani sisters. To analyze the storytelling of the comic series, this article tries to thematize the analytical key of “amoral modernity”, elaborated starting from some historicized categories of the social sciences, primarily Max Weber’s instrumental rationality and the Enlightenment critique of the Frankfurt School.

A perspective that allows to look at the indissoluble “double criminal icon” in terms of ambiguity rather than pure negativity. The article intends to test this interpretative key by analyzing an “accessory” narrative element: the real and imaginary technology




Come citare

Panarari, M. (2023). Il Diabolik si nasconde nei dettagli: Tecnologia e “modernità amorale". Mediascapes Journal, 21(1), 99–107. Recuperato da