Navigating the Digital Dilemma: The Quest for Depth in a Superficial Era

Exploring the Shift from Surface-Level Engagement to the Search for Meaningful Content

In our digital age, we witness a curious and unsettling phenomenon: the conscious choice to delve into the ephemeral, favoring the glittering surface of appearance over the profound abyss of thought. On the waves of Facebook, this mirror of our hidden truths, we grapple with the perpetual dilemma of the human intellect. Yet, beyond this digital sea, the dilemma extends to our culture itself.

Take, for example, television shows like Big Brother. Their peculiar nature lies not so much in vulgarity or triviality, but in a certain communicative void. It’s as if we are witnessing a surrealistic painting of communication: words are emptied of meaning and substance, turning into a cascade of meaningless sounds. This reflects a society where the essence of dialogue is stifled by the priority given to appearances.

This choice to take refuge in the ephemeral, however, is not so much a sign of ignorance as it is a deliberate option for comfort, to avoid confronting oneself. We see this phenomenon in literature too, where books intended for adults are written with almost childlike simplicity. This reflects a desire not to stray from a comforting, albeit superficial, reality.

However, there are signs indicating an unquenchable thirst for something deeper and more meaningful. Consider, for instance, the success of literary works that, against all odds, reach and engage the audience, challenging them intellectually. These successes show that there is still a desire to delve deeper, to question, a need for culture that, though it may seem stifled by trivial entertainment, actually continues to burn like a flame under the ashes.

In this context, the role of artists, writers, critics becomes one of hope and courage. It is our duty to believe in the potential of humanity, in its intrinsic need for beauty and depth. We must treat the audience with respect, offering works that stimulate the mind and soul, rather than settling for cultural dishes that are light and easy to consume. In this way, culture not only survives, but can truly triumph, shining like a light in the darkness of voluntary ignorance.

Marco Mattiuzzi

By Marco Mattiuzzi

A multifaceted artist, former teacher and communicator, he has dedicated years to art and communication. He taught classical guitar, exhibited photos and wrote in magazines. In the book sector, he promoted photography and art through HF Distribuzione, a company specialized in mail-order sales. He currently owns CYBERSPAZIO WEB & STREAMING HOSTING. In 2018, he created the Facebook group "Art Pills" with over 65,000 members and manages CYBERSPAZIO WEB RADIO dedicated to classical music. He collaborates with several cultural organizations in Vercelli, including Amici dei Musei and Artes Liberales.
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