London. Culture in digital age: opportunities and risks. To talk about this topic, there has been a meeting at the Italian Cultural Institute with John Lloyd – journalist of the ‘Financial Times’ and Italian newspaper ‘La Repubblica’ – and Marino Sinibaldi, the director of Rai Radio 3 who presented his book, ‘Un millimetro più in là’.
This book offers the opportunity to argue about digital communication which includes many improvements for Internet users, for example the “free access to the knowledge”. But there are also some drawbacks: the homogenisation in people’s opinions and the lack of analysis.
“Some people could use modern technology in the wrong way and they could read misinformation.
“Readers have to able to choose the right information on the web, using digital instruments in the best way. For example it’s absolutely important to check the source of information and it’s necessary to study an argument in depth”, director Sinibaldi added.
Lloyd underlined the connection between “Italy and reading”, asking Sinibaldi: “Why are there few Italian readers?”.
Director Sinibaldi replied ‘Television’ represents the most popular media in Italy. “For this reason newspapers and books are swalled by the television”, he urged.
Another important aspect which was discussed during the conference: the relationship between “book and Italian democracy”.
Sinibaldi said ‘books and democracy’ have ever followed the same path and now “they are both in decline”.
In Italy there isn’t recession, only. But there are serious problems with meritocracy which induces most Italian youngsters to move abroad. “We can’t talk about lost meritocracy, because there hasn’t ever been it”, the director of Radio Rai 3 conceded.
It’s a little bit sad to admit it, but that’s the truth.