Category Archives: Books

Why videogames matter

Review of Tom Bissell. Extra Lives. Why Videogames Matter, Vintage, 2011, 256 p. Man has expressed himself through art ever since pre-historic times. The earliest art forms found in caves were by primitive man who used grass and mud for paint and chiselled flint as a painting utensil. Since then, man has learned to express…
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Silence, Word and Light

Michele Zanzucchi. Silence, Word and Light. Listen, Communication and Mass Media. Collana Universitas, Città Nuova pub. (2012) Immersed in an age dominated by supersonic speed of technology and mass media invasion, we tend to confine silence to the margins of our daily lives; underestimating the fundamental importance that silence has in the general processes of…
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Facebook and Pasta alike?

Have you ever heard about a “media diet”? If the news hasn’t yet reached you, it’s time to turn to an expert nutritionist in the field: Father Paolo Padrini. In his book, Facebook internet ed i digital media. Una guida per genitori ed educatori, (Facebook, Internet, and The Digital Media: A Guide for Parents and…
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Caught in the net. The mind in the web era

Raffaele Simone. Presi nella rete. La mente ai tempi del web. Garzanti, Milan 2012. How is human intelligence changing in the Internet era? How do big or small digital screens modify our reading and writing ways and change the concept itself of texts? The answer to these challenging questions are discussed in the essay Caught…
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In the clouds, but with real people

Generazione Cloud. Essere genitori ai tempi di smartphone e tablet (“Generazione Cloud. Being Parents at the time of Smartphones and Tablets”), Michele Facci; Serena Valorzi; Mauro Berti, Generazione Cloud, Edizioni Erickson, Trento 2013, pgs.137. It’s not easy to write a book about education and the new technologies. Is it possible to add something new to…
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Alice behind the Looking Glass. Literature and knowledge of reality

We offer to our readers the Introduction to the book just published, Federica Bergamino (ed). Alice dietro lo specchio. Letteratura e conoscenza della realtà. Edizioni Sabinae, Roma 2013) At the end of theGreat Books course, a student highlighted what she had learnt by concluding that there is a significant resemblance amongst the most prestigious authors…
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Teens caught in trap of “But I like it…”. Social Networks’ “Like It” and “Don’t like it” as today’s ethical boundaries

Last year, my nephew’s friend, a beautiful, radiant girl from a close-knit family, took her father’s pistol and killed herself, leaving behind no more than a few words. Empty, meaningless days. News increasingly reports stories of teen self-destruction, as if an invisible tide had swept away their energy to live. Besides news, which can be…
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