In our fast and consumerist digital way of life, we have forgotten how important it is to disagree. When we look at the world through the lenses of our mobile applications and social media, we only see a fictional image reflecting what we want to hear and to see. Cass Sunstein extensively analyzed this dangerous vicious circle in which people socialize and interact virtually with people that have similar thoughts and tastes, while sharply opposing anyone different. This widely debated and studied phenomenon of polarization is very much related to the contemporary tragic event of the terrorist attack on the French history and geography teacher, Samuel Paty in front of a school in the Parisian suburb of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine.
- France, just like the rest of Europe, has changed so much since 1905 that socio-political pressures to review the relation between State and religions has become a must. The bill recently put forward by its government aims at a global reform that would, if passed, directly impact freedom of worship, claims Philippe Portier.
- Asmaa Mahfouz, the Twitter hero from Tahrir Square shared her worries and hopes of the Arab Spring in an encounter with Italian youth of the Democratic Party at Cortona in Tuscany this October. The girl from Cairo and the students from all over Italy found each other over common problems as youth unemployment and hopes as the right to freedom and having choice. Asmaa, alone with me later, finally took off her veil and talked about the latest revolts and the many forms of anger, amongst them the fascination and hate for America: "but there is no war on America as portrayed in the News after the film scandal, just some revenge".