Keep it on, the book on hyperconnection by Gheno and Mastroianni published at Maturity

One of the topic suggestions for graduates for the 2022 state examination is a reflection based on the essay “Keep it up. Post, comment, share without turning off your brain”, published by Longanesi in 2018 and signed by the sociolinguist and communication philosopher. The authors focus on the difficulties related to the virtual world, emphasizing how much it can affect real life

There’s also the theme of hyper connection between the seven tracks released in the first written test of Maturity 2022 (THE SPECIAL). The reflection requested of the graduates begins with the essay “Keep it up: post, comment, share without turning off your brain”, written by Vera Gheno and Bruno Mastroianni, published by Longanesi in 2018. The theme of new digital technologies, with different facets , has been proposed at Maturity in seven editions from 2002 to date (ALL PUBLISHED TRACKS – THE FIRST TEST OF THE EXAMINATION – ALSO AN ESSAY ON THE MYSTERY UNDER THE TOPICS).

What the students were asked

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The authors outline the difficulties associated with the virtual world and how much they can affect real life. In particular, we talk about the risks of the network, especially in relation to web reputation. The graduates were asked to think about the problems, potential and risks of an ever faster moving world. And the students were asked whether they had the opportunity during their studies to deal with these topics and to think about the potential and risks of the hyper-connected world. They were asked to present their point of view also in relation to digital citizenship, based on their experiences, their habits and their sensitivity. Finally, the student can articulate a work in paragraphs or present it with an overall title.

What is the book about

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Presenting the 288-page essay, Longanesi explains, “This book is about us, human beings, connected to words through social media, perhaps the most immediate and powerful tool we have as humans. Yet we often use them hastily and superficially, without considering the consequences. Because the opportunities for misunderstanding, hostility, and distorted interpretations of facts are greatest where we cannot face each other, online and especially on social media, the words we choose carry more weight, on us and on ours Fellow men. In fact, today’s communication on the Internet seems to be poisoned by bullying, false reports and constant conflict. We feel trapped by hate, fear and distrust. The truth is that we are hyper-connected, we live offline and online at the same time and it is a complex condition to learn to deal with. There are no magic formulas, but each of us can make a difference in our own little ways by being more mindful of how we live – and therefore speak – online: of ourselves, of what is happening, of others and with others. Ultimately, our connected life does not depend on tools and algorithms, or even on the owners of the platforms: it is up to us to decide who we are and what we want on the Internet”.

The quotation mark

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In the text, the two authors Vera Gheno and Bruno Mastroianni, sociolinguist and communication philosopher, expert navigators of the web, show “one of the ways of freely experiencing the riches that the Internet and social networks offer: learning to master them without to let us crush them, to decipher their messages without being manipulated, to understand and to make ourselves understood through a clever and conscious choice of words.” As we read in the essay: “Living in a hyper-connected world means that every person actually has a kind of extended identity. We must learn to navigate not only in real life, but also in virtual life without interruption … “.

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