By now scientific literature has consolidated the principle that culture helps people’s mental (as well as physical) health and writing has been one of the most accessible means of “venting” pandemic frustration, recounting its emotions, nuances and sensations. Telling stories – very often starting from the surreal scenario of the lockdown experienced firsthand or from the questions about “after” – is a powerful catalyst for the imagination that has stimulated the creativity of many authors, even established ones. Projects such as the relay tales of Corriere della Sera have proposed big names that on the numbers of La Lettura they shared their experience, but also the web and social networks were fertile ground for tackling the issue in a narrative way.
The diary of life in the time of the virus … on the web.
In particular, Naples has produced one of the most interesting experiments in digital storytelling, the collective reportage ” Life in the time of the coronavirus “, which in 16 episodes saw literally dozens of writers, emerging, aspiring and some already with editorial experience behind them. It all started in the context of the Bottega della Scrittura, a literary workshop of Homo Scrivens . Thanks to the coordinator Giancarlo Marino and Aldo Putignano, founder of what was the first Italian writing company, later evolved into a publishing house, but always attentive to the side and the data of the publication of collective works. In fact, each episode sees the contributions of the various authors summed together, in a single whole that becomes almost a stream of consciousness facilitated by the digital environment.
On social media.
But forced self-exile has produced a small revolution also on social networks. A search by Global Web Index , one of the world’s leading digital data collection companies, reveals that the increase in the presence and frequency of users on different digital channels has grown as a percentage of a constant 43 constant.
The sixty days of seclusion have acted in all directions as a multiplier: and if on the one hand, as we have highlighted on these pages, the long time available has prompted many to use virtual networks as a megaphone for oddballs conspiracy theories, on the other hand has allowed as many the positive sharing of reflections, chronicles and reports of their isolation. Sensible users but slaves of the quota times have perhaps had the opportunity for the first time in their life to write no more skimpy posts typed hastily from the mobile between one business meeting and the other but give free rein to a faction not finally harnessed.
The rise of novels.
On the pages of some publishing houses, notices appeared that asked not to send typescripts during this period, apparently because many budding narrators took advantage of the segregation for write the novel of life. Those who have not had the hybris of wanting to see their literary effort recognized in the shop windows, have limited themselves to sharing daily attentive meditations that have contributed to forming a virtual collective diary that will remain one of the most evocative aspects of the use of social media in the time of contagion: and which has contributed to balancing positively the overwhelming sicumera of the buffalo propagators.
Digital Strategist DeRev; Architect and Art Director Wunderkammer; editorial coordination Luca Marconi)
DIGITAL ATLAS and LITERATURE 4.0: THE WEB USEFUL TO GROW
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