In an era where the keyboard has become the sharpest weapon, the story of Giovanna Pedretti, the restaurateur from Lodi, stands out as a dark warning. Her story, which oscillates between praise and digital lynching, culminating in a tragic conclusion, is a dark reflection of modern society and its relationship with social media.
The collective voice
The core of this drama is the distortion of freedom of expression. Social media, glorified as democratic tools of communication, have transformed into popular courts without judges or jury. In this scenario, the collective voice becomes judge, jury and executioner, exercising a power that can crush individuals under the weight of summary and often unfounded judgments. And here, virality plays its cruel part. Every post, every tweet becomes a weapon loaded with hasty and destructive judgments, exposing the victim to a lynching without appeal.
The culture of opinions
This contemporary tragedy reveals the absurdity of a world where anyone can express an opinion on anything. A culture has developed in which opinions are confused with facts, and hype drowns out the truth. Constructive dialogue has been supplanted by a cacophony of voices competing to be heard, often without any basis in knowledge or understanding. Social platforms, in this delirium, transform into silent accomplices, often indifferent to the chaos they host.
by Giusppe Lavenia
In this climate, individual opinion, despite being a fundamental right, turns into a double-edged sword. When every word you type can become a bullet, the value of critical thinking and self-regulation becomes vital. The freedom to express a thought should never turn into the right to inflict harm. And here, influencers and public figures play a key role. With their large following, their every word can start a fire or put it out. They have a responsibility to use their power to build, not tear down.
The lack of empathy
Here emerges the crucial issue of the lack of empathy in the digital age. Behind the screen, physical distance makes us less sensitive to the pain of others, transforming emotions into simple reactions, devoid of the warmth of human feeling. Technology allows us to express emotions, but it cannot transform them into real feelings. This emotional detachment fuels a poisonous cycle of judgments and attacks that, in the absence of true empathetic understanding, can have devastating consequences.
The power of words
The case of Giovanna Pedretti challenges us to reflect on the power of our words in the digital world and our responsibility to manage them. We must learn to recognize that although separated by screen from screen, we are deeply connected in our humanity. Words are not just finger tapping on a keyboard; they are extensions of ourselves, capable of building or destroying, healing or wounding.
Our challenge, in this digital age, is therefore to think more deeply and critically. To ponder our words before letting them flow freely into the vast sea of social media. To recognize that, even when typed on a screen, words have real weight in the physical world.
And here the principle of “thinking” comes into play. Every time we are tempted to judge hastily, every time we rely on stereotypes because they seem less threatening to us, every time our frustrations seek an external outlet, we must stop and think. Think about areas of fragility, both ours and others, and try to understand them. Think about the weight of words and their potential emotional impact. Recognize that the impulse to hate begins with us and that by shifting the focus on ourselves, we can learn to better manage our reactions and opinions.
Only in this way can we hope to create an online environment that is not only free, but also respectful, thoughtful and, above all, humane.