New year, same old stories: even in 2010 Italy remains a country where the digital divide exist since the infrastructure more than on a cultural level, plus the attitude of those who should konwn new technologies and forms of cultural and artistic expressions remains predictably archaic. So do not be surprised if Avatar, James Cameron’s movie released in cinemas across the world on December 4 last year, has made its debut in Italy only 15 January 2010, not to “disturb” the “cinepanettoni” ot the various Italian productions (by the way: this year Disney should release Tron Legacy, after 28 years from the original cult movie).
Moreover, among the first comments on the movie we notice that of La Stampa that claimed that the movie is an “incitement to suicide” or, more generally, reveal “the need to escape” from reality, perhaps because of 3D technology and of course we can’t miss the famous psychiatrist who remembers how “virtual reality is not real life and it will never be”. I honestly did not feel the need of these warnings and advices, remind us that the stream of words yet expended at first to comment on the web and social networks and then on virtual worlds also which foster the “isolation” and the growth of “anti-social” feelings. As in the Seventies, rock seemed the son of the devil and distracted young people from their duties by getting them to sinful behavior.
We have seen and heard everything yet, in a country that is aging more rapidly both in terms of population and the cultural, whose development is blocked for years almost without any voice rises in protest. Too bad, because even among the “old media” there are excellent able to reap the changes and to propose new formats, new contents, new ways of relating to people (just follow for a few nights of programming of Rai4, for example, to understand what a professional like Carlo Fruttero can do using the spaces offered by digital terrestrial, hungry for contents not less than new network identity distinct from the old generalistic channels). In the meantime we can only wait to go see the movie Avatar (awaiting Tron Lecagy) and see if and what effect a “mass product” like Cameron’s movie will renew interest for virtual worlds and virtual identities, whether related to Second Life or new projects.