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Appunti in lingua inglese di scienze della comunicazione del professor Ruggiero. Il file contiene una esercitazione sul completamento del testo attraverso l'inserimento di vocaboli tra quelli forniti, ed in particolare su: le comunicazioni audiovisive britanniche.

Esame di Diritto della comunicazione e dell'informazione docente Prof. L. Ruggiero



ANNOUNCER TWO:…for the next twenty-four hours not much change in temperature. A slight

atmospheric disturbance of undetermined origin is reported over Nova Scotia, causing a low pressure

area to move down rather rapidly over the Northeastern states, bringing a forecast of rain, accompanied

by winds of light gale force. Maximum temperature 66; minimum 48. This weather report comes to you

from the Government Weather Bureau… We now take you to the Meridian Room in the Hotel Park

Plaza in downtown New York, where you will be entertained by the music of Ramón Raquello and his


( : [ ]… )


ANNOUNCER THREE: Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. From the Meridian Room in the Park

Plaza in New York City, we bring you the music of Ramón Raquello and his orchestra. With a touch of

the Spanish. Ramón Raquello leads off with “La Cumparsita”.

( )


ANNOUNCER TWO: Ladies and gentlemen, we interrupt our program of dance music to bring you a

special bulletin from the Intercontinental Radio News. At twenty minutes before eight, central time,

Professor Farrell of the Mount Jennings Observatory, Chicago, Illinois, reports observing several

explosions of incandescent gas, occurring at regular intervals on the planet Mars. The spectroscope

indicates the gas to be hydrogen and moving towards the earth with enormous velocity. Professor

Pierson of the Observatory at Princeton confirms Farrell’s observation, and describes the phenomenon

as (quote) like a jet of blue flame shot from a gun (unquote). We now return you to the music of

Ramón Raquello, playing for you in the Meridian Room of the Park Plaza Hotel, situated in downtown

New York.

( … )


ANNOUNCER THREE: Now a tune that never loses favor, the ever-popular “Star Dust”. Ramón

Raquello and his orchestra…

( )


ANNOUNCER TWO: Ladies and gentlemen, following on the news given in our bulletin a moment

ago, the Government Meteorological Bureau has requested the large observatories of the country to

keep an astronomical watch on any further disturbances occurring on the planet Mars. Due to the

unusual nature of this occurrence, we have arranged an interview with noted astronomer, Professor

Pierson, who will give us his views on the event. In a few moments we will take you to the Princeton

Observatory at Princeton, New Jersey. We return you until then to the music of Ramón Raquello and

his orchestra.

( )


ANNOUNCER TWO: We are now ready to take you to the Princeton Observatory at Princeton where

Carl Phillips, our commentator, will interview Professor Richard Pierson, famous astronomer. We take

you now to Princeton, New Jersey.

( )


PHILLIPS: Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. This is Carl Phillips, speaking to you from the

observatory at Princeton. I am standing in a large semi-circular room, pitch black except for an oblong

split in the ceiling. Through this opening I can see a sprinkling of stars that cast a kind of frosty glow

over the intricate mechanism of the huge telescope. The ticking sound you hear is the vibration of the

clockwork. Professor Pierson stands directly above me on a small platform, peering through a giant

lens. I ask you to be patient, ladies and gentlemen, during any delay that may arise during our interview.

Besides his ceaseless watch of the heavens, Professor Pierson may be interrupted by telephone or other

communications. During this period he is in constant touch with the astronomical centers of the

world… Professor, may I begin our questions?

PIERSON: At any time, Mr. Phillips.

PHILLIPS: Professor, would you please tell our radio audience exactly what you see as you observe the

planet Mars through your telescope?

PIERSON: Nothing unusual at the moment, Mr. Phillips. A red disk swimming in a blue sea.

Transverse stripes across the disk. Quite distinct now because Mars happens to be the point nearest the

earth… in opposition, as we call it.

PHILLIPS: In your opinion, what do these transverse stripes signify, Professor Pierson?

PIERSON: Not canals, I can assure you, Mr. Phillips, although that’s the popular conjecture of those

who imagine Mars to be inhabited. From a scientific viewpoint the stripes are merely the result of

atmospheric conditions peculiar to the planet.

PHILLIPS: Then you’re quite convinced as a scientist that living intelligence, as we know it, does not

exist on Mars?

PIERSON: I’d say the chances against it are a thousand to one.

PHILLIPS: And yet how do you account for those gas eruptions occurring on the surface of the planet

at regular intervals?

PIERSON: Mr. Phillips, I cannot account for it.

PHILLIPS: By the way, Professor, for the benefit of our listeners, how far is Mars from earth?

PIERSON: Approximately forty million miles.

PHILLIPS: Well, that seems a safe enough distance.

( ) Thank you.


( )


PHILLIPS: Just a moment, ladies and gentlemen, someone has just handed Professor Pierson a

message. While he reads it, let me remind you that we are speaking to you from the observatory in

Princeton, New Jersey, where we are interviewing the world-famous astronomer, Professor Pierson…

One moment, please. Professor Pierson has passed me a message which he has just received…

Professor, may I read the message to the listening audience?

PIERSON: Certainly, Mr. Phillips

PHILLIPS: Ladies and gentlemen, I shall read you a wire addressed to Professor Pierson from Dr.

Gray of the National History Museum, New York. “9:15 p.m. eastern standard time. Seismograph

registered shock of almost earthquake intensity occurring within a radius of twenty miles of Princeton.

Please investigate. Signed, Lloyd Gray, Chief of Astronomical Division”… Professor Pierson, could

this occurrence possibly have something to do with the disturbances observed on the planet Mars?

PIERSON: Hardly, Mr. Phillips. This is probably a meteorite of unusual size and its arrival at this

particular time is merely a coincidence. However, we shall conduct a search, as soon as daylight permits.

PHILLIPS: Thank you, Professor. Ladies and gentlemen, for the past ten minutes we’ve been speaking

to you from the observatory at Princeton, bringing you a special interview with Professor Pierson,

noted astronomer. This is Carl Phillips speaking. We are returning you now to our New York studio.

( )


ANNOUNCER TWO: Ladies and gentlemen, here is the latest bulletin from the Intercontinental

Radio News. Toronto, Canada: Professor Morse of McGill University reports observing a total of three

explosions on the planet Mars, between the hours of 7:45 p.m. and 9:20 p.m., Eastern Standard Time.

This confirms earlier reports received from American observatories. Now, nearer home, comes a

special bulletin from Trenton, New Jersey. It is reported that at 8:50 p.m. a huge, flaming object,

believed to be a meteorite, fell on a farm in the neighborhood of Grovers Mill, New Jersey, twenty-two

miles from Trenton. The flash in the sky was visible within a radius of several hundred miles and the

noise of the impact was heard as far north as Elizabeth. We have dispatched a special mobile unit to the

scene, and will have our commentator, Carl Phillips, give you a word picture as soon as he can reach

there from Princeton. In the meantime, we take you to the Hotel Martinet in Brooklyn, where Bobby

Millette and his orchestra are offering a program of dance music.

( . . . )


ANNOUNCER TWO: We take you now to Grovers Mill, New Jersey.

( . . . )


PHILLIPS: Ladies and gentlemen, this is Carl Phillips again, at the Wilmuth farm, Grovers Mill, New

Jersey. Professor Pierson and myself made the eleven miles from Princeton in ten minutes. Well, I… I

hardly know where to begin, to paint for you a word picture of the strange scene before my eyes, like

something out of a modern “Arabian Nights”. Well, I just got here. I haven’t had a chance to look

around yet. I guess that’s it. Yes, I guess that’s the… thing, directly in front of me, half buried in a vast

pit. Must have struck with terrific force. The ground is covered with splinters of a tree it must have

struck on its way down. What I can see of the… object itself doesn’t look very much like a meteor, at

least not the meteors I’ve seen. It looks more like a huge cylinder. It has a diameter of… what would

you say, Professor Pierson?

PIERSON ( - ): What’s that?


PHILLIPS: What would you say… what is the diameter?

PIERSON: About thirty yards.

PHILLIPS: About thirty yards… The metal on the sheath is… well, I’ve never seen anything like it.

The color is sort of yellowish-white. Curious spectators now are pressing close to the object in spite of

the efforts of the police to keep them back. They’re getting in front of my line of vision. Would you

mind standing to one side, please?

POLICEMAN: One side, there, one side.

PHILLIPS: While the policemen are pushing the crowd back, here’s Mr. Wilmuth, owner of the farm

here. He may have some interesting facts to add… Mr. Wilmuth, would you please tell the radio

audience as much as you remember of this rather unusual visitor that dropped in your backyard? Step

closer, please. Ladies and gentlemen, this is Mr. Wilmuth.

WILMUTH: Well, I was listenin’ to the radio.

PHILLIPS: Closer and louder please.

WILMUTH: Pardon me!

PHILLIPS: Louder, please, and closer.

WILMUTH: Yes, sir -- while I was listening to the radio and kinda drowsin’, that Professor fellow was

talkin’ about Mars, so I was half dozin’ and half…

PHILLIPS: Yes, yes, Mr. Wilmuth. Then what happened?

WILMUTH: As I was sayin’, I was listenin’ to the radio kinda halfways…

PHILLIPS: Yes, Mr. Wilmuth, and then you saw something?

WILMUTH: Not first off. I heard something.

PHILLIPS: And what did you hear?

WILMUTH: A hissing sound. Like this: sssssss…kinda like a fourt’ of July rocket.

PHILLIPS: Then what?

WILMUTH: Turned my head out the window and would have swore I was to sleep and dreamin’.


WILMUTH: I seen a kinda greenish streak and then zingo! Somethin’ smacked the ground. Knocked

me clear out of my chair!

PHILLIPS: Well, were you frightened, Mr. Wilmuth?

WILMUTH: Well, I -- I ain’t quite sure. I reckon I -- I was kinda riled.

PHILLIPS: Thank you, Mr. Wilmuth. Thank you.

WILMUTH: Want me to tell you some more?

PHILLIPS: No… That’s quite all right, that’s plenty.

PHILLIPS: Ladies and gentlemen, you’ve just heard Mr. Wilmuth, owner of the farm where this thing

has fallen. I wish I could convey the atmosphere… the background of this… fantastic scene. Hundreds

of cars are parked in a field in back of us. Police are trying to rope off the roadway leading to the farm.

But it’s no use. They’re breaking right through. Cars’ headlights throw an enormous spot on the pit

where the object’s half buried. Some of the more daring souls are now venturing near the edge. Their

silhouettes stand out against the metal sheen.

( )


One man wants to touch the thing… he’s having an argument with a policeman. The policeman

wins…. Now, ladies and gentlemen, there’s something I haven’t mentioned in all this excitement, but

now it’s becoming more distinct. Perhaps you’ve caught it already on your radio. Listen:

( )


Do you hear it? It’s a curious humming sound that seems to come from inside the object. I’ll move the

microphone nearer. ( ) Now we’re not more then twenty-five feet away. Can you hear it now? Oh,


Professor Pierson!

PIERSON: Yes, Mr. Phillips?

PHILLIPS: Can you tell us the meaning of that scraping noise inside the thing?

PIERSON: Possibly the unequal cooling of its surface.

PHILLIPS: I see, do you still think it’s a meteor, Professor?

PIERSON: I don’t know what to think. The metal casing is definitely extraterrestrial… not found on

this earth. Friction with the earth’s atmosphere usually tears holes in a meteorite. This thing is smooth

and, as you can see, of cylindrical shape.

PHILLIPS: Just a minute! Something’s happening! Ladies and gentlemen, this is terrific! This end of the

thing is beginning to flake off! The top is beginning to rotate like a screw! The thing must be hollow!

VOICES: She’s movin’! Look, the darn thing’s unscrewing! Keep back, there! Keep back, I tell you!

Maybe there’s men in it trying to escape! It’s red hot, they’ll burn to a cinder! Keep back there. Keep

those idiots back!

( )


VOICES: She’s off! The top’s loose! Look out there! Stand back!

PHILLIPS: Ladies and gentlemen, this is the most terrifying thing I have ever witnessed . . . Wait a

minute! Someone’s crawling out of the hollow top. Someone or… something. I can see peering out of

that black hole two luminous disks… are they eyes? It might be a face. It might be…

( )


PHILLIPS: Good heavens, something’s wriggling out of the shadow like a gray snake. Now it’s another

one, and another. They look like tentacles to me. There, I can see the thing’s body. It’s large, large as a

bear and it glistens like wet leather. But that face, it… Ladies and gentlemen, it’s indescribable. I can

hardly force myself to keep looking at it. The eyes are black and gleam like a serpent. The mouth is V-

shaped with saliva dripping from its rimless lips that seem to quiver and pulsate. The monster or

whatever it is can hardly move. It seems weighed down by… possibly gravity or something. The thing’s

raising up. The crowd falls back now. They’ve seen plenty. This is the most extraordinary experience. I

can’t find words… I’ll pull this microphone with me as I talk. I’ll have to stop the description until I

can take a new position. Hold on, will you please, I’ll be right back in a minute.

( )


ANNOUNCER: We are bringing you an eyewitness account of what’s happening on the Wilmuth

farm, Grovers Mill, New Jersey. ( ) We now return you to Carl Phillips at Grovers Mill.


PHILLIPS: Ladies and gentlemen (Am I on?). Ladies and gentlemen, here I am, back of a stone wall

that adjoins Mr. Wilmuth’s garden. From here I get a sweep of the whole scene. I’ll give you every

detail as long as I can talk. As long as I can see. More state police have arrived They’re drawing up a

cordon in front of the pit, about thirty of them. No need to push the crowd back now. They’re willing

to keep their distance. The captain is conferring with someone. We can’t quite see who. Oh yes, I

believe it’s Professor Pierson. Yes, it is. Now they’ve parted. The Professor moves around one side,

studying the object, while the captain and two policemen advance with something in their hands. I can

see it now. It’s a white handkerchief tied to a pole… a flag of truce. If those creatures know what that

means… what anything means!… Wait! Something’s happening!

( )


PHILLIPS: A humped shape is rising out of the pit. I can make out a small beam of light against a

mirror. What’s that? There’s a jet of flame springing from the mirror, and it leaps right at the advancing

men. It strikes them head on! Good Lord, they’re turning into flame!

( )


PHILLIPS: Now the whole field’s caught fire. ( ) The woods . . . the barns . . . the gas tanks


of automobiles . . . it’s spreading everywhere. It’s coming this way. About twenty yards to my right . . .

( ... )




ANNOUNCER: Ladies and gentlemen, I have a grave announcement to make. Incredible as it may

seem, both the observations of science and the evidence of our eyes lead to the inescapable assumption

that those strange beings who landed in the Jersey farmlands tonight are the vanguard of an invading

army from the planet Mars. The battle which took place tonight at Grovers Mill has ended in one of

the most startling defeats ever suffered by any army in modern times; seven thousand men armed with

rifles and machine guns pitted against a single fighting machine of the invaders from Mars. […] We

take you now to Washington for a special broadcast on the National Emergency . . . the Secretary of

the Interior . . .

SECRETARY: Citizens of the nation: I shall not try to conceal the gravity of the situation that

confronts the country, nor the concern of your government in protecting the lives and property of its

people. However, I wish to impress upon you – private citizens and public officials, all of you -- the

urgent need of calm and resourceful action. Fortunately, this formidable enemy is still confined to a

comparatively small area, and we may place our faith in the military forces to keep them there. In the

meantime placing our faith in God we must continue the performance of our duties each and every one

of us, so that we may confront this destructive adversary with a nation united, courageous, and

consecrated to the preservation of human supremacy on this earth. I thank you.



ORSON WELLES: This is Orson Welles, ladies and gentlemen, out of character to assure you that The

War of The Worlds has no further significance than as the holiday offering it was intended to be. The

Mercury Theatre’s own radio version of dressing up in a sheet and jumping out of a bush and saying

Boo! Starting now, we couldn’t soap all your windows and steal all your garden gates by tomorrow

night… so we did the best next thing. We annihilated the world before your very ears, and utterly

destroyed the CBS. You will be relieved, I hope, to learn that we didn’t mean it, and that both

institutions are still open for business. So goodbye everybody, and remember the terrible lesson you

learned tonight. That grinning, glowing, globular invader of your living room is an inhabitant of the

pumpkin patch, and if your doorbell rings and nobody’s there, that was no Martian. It’s Hallowe’en.

Exercise 5 setting

Find examples of dialogue being used to describe (note the repetition of expressions belonging

sight time

to the field of ) and to give reference of . Underline words and phrases in the text.




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Corso di laurea: Corso di laurea in scienze della comunicazione
Università: Teramo - Unite
A.A.: 2013-2014

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