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Lost in present: Umberto Eco on digital culture

Stuck into an eternal present, overwhelmed by unfiltered information, with no tools to make critical comparison: these are web users according to the Italian semiologist Umberto Eco, interviewed during the commemorating seminar dedicated by the University of Bologna to the anniversary of the first edition of the book “Apocalittici e Integrati”.

The volume by Eco introduced in the ’60s a successful formula to describe the opposing attitudes towards mass culture. That formula is still effective when it comes to the web and its consequences, in particular with respect to memory, both individual and collective, which is likely to be crushed in a sort of perpetual simultaneity.