This essay deals with some of the most significant informative shifts permeating the connected society, with particular regard to cultural consumption and its social impact. To the fore are the new cultural tendencies moulded by digital communicative habits, in the era marked by the alleged convergences between new and old media. Cultural consumption poses as a reliable sociological issue in the presence of the new informative landscapes shaped by digital devices. The analysis carried out by the Research Laboratory of Advanced Communication (LaRiCA) of the Carlo Bo University of Urbino, together with the figures retrieved by the surveys diffused by Istat (2016) and Aie (2018), allow further investigations of some of the current cultural habits and focus on the way reading changes because of the social platforms. This is why sociology has the duty to probe the hidden spaces of informative exchanges and listen to «what communication does not utter».
Keywords: Cultural consumption, digitalization, reading, narrative literacy.