Archbishop Paglia, at Cartoon on the Bay, reflects on the family, the media and children
"I think productions characterized by a strong narrative construction, portraying characters and not stereotypes, and by a significant symbolic form that feeds the imagination and without immediate decoding of each element, can effectively combine education and entertainment." That is the path indicated by Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, President of the Pontifical Council for the Family, to scriptwriters and creators for realizing cartoons and TV series that form children and adolescents in a comprehensive way. The President—invited to Venice for the eighteenth edition of Cartoon on the Bay, the festival of audiovisual and cross-media animation promoted by the RAI—in his message for the occasion, also wanted to warn against the three major risks run today by the representation of the family in the media: "The first is exaggerated attention to what is pathological, as if only failure or negative experience has the ability to attract attention and the audience; the second is giving the content an adolescent twist to both products for adults–consequently in a sadly regressive and immature form—and productions for children, which often deal prematurely with issues and problems that are objectively inconsistent with the stated recipients; finally, the third is the transposition of some themes debated by adults in juvenile products." Msgr. Paglia concludes his intervention by recalling how the antidote to these dangers consists in constantly keeping "a positive outlook on the world, always capable of enabling a growing child to be in life’s reality and also progressively assume its complexity."