Umberto Eco (b. 1932) is an Italian author, philosopher, and semiotician best known for his 1980 novel The Name of the Rose. He is the founder of the interpretative semiotics and keen medieval and literary scholar. Earlier in his career, Eco authored several major studies on mass media and media culture. 

"Not long ago, if you wanted to seize political power in a country you had merely to control the army and the police... Today a country belongs to the person who controls communications."

Source: Il costume di casa (1973); as translated in Travels in Hyperreality (1986) (via WikiQuote)

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