16:00-17:00 // BOOK PRESENTATION
IN COLLABORATION WITH LIBRERIA FOGOLA
Presenter: Claudia Fusani
Speaker: Bruno Mastroianni
The real change introduced by digital technology has been to put everyone in constant confrontation. On social networks different worlds – cultural, social and religious – meet every day, without mediation and without filters. Diversity, which before was a specific experience in life, has become an ordinary aspect of reality. This is the root of online hostility and that sense of polarisation and opposition that seems to constantly pollute public discussions. Thanks to the Web, all of us – whether we want to or not – have grown closer, but without automatically becoming “good neighbours” – something that we need to work on day by day.
This text is inspired by a need: we never learn to effectively relate to diversity. We don’t learn it at school. Not everyone learns it at home. We often have no opportunity in our social lives. Some people learn for work. And yet, ever since we have had a smartphone in hand, we have all been thrown into the public debate together, discussing crucial issues for our existence with people who are sometimes very different to us. With the help of the best principles of rhetoric, media training and crisis communication techniques, this text offers a brief guide to learning how to argue your own point of view to someone who does not agree, without fighting, and with enjoyment and satisfaction. The art of the happy dispute.