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Subjective Experiences of Interactive Nostalgia

Edited By Ryan Lizardi

From explorations of video game series to Netflix shows to Facebook timelines, Subjective Experiences of Interactive Nostalgia helps readers understand what it is actually like to be nostalgic in a world that increasingly asks us to interact with our past. Interdisciplinary authors tackle the subject from historical, philosophical, rhetorical, sociological, and economic perspectives, all the while asking big questions about what it means to be asked to be active participants in our own mediated histories. Scholars and pop culture enthusiasts alike will find something to love as this collection moves from a look at traditional interactive media, such as video games, to nostalgia within all things digital and ends with a rethinking of the potentials of nostalgia itself.

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8. Representations of the Communist Period in Romanian Digital Communities: A Quest for Online “Displaced Nostalgia” (Alexandra Bardan / Natalia Vasilendiuc)

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8. Representations of the Communist Period in Romanian Digital Communities: A Quest for Online “Displaced Nostalgia”

ALEXANDRA BARDAN AND NATALIA VASILENDIUC

The 20th anniversary of the fall of the communist regime in Romania prompted a new and animated approach of the communist period, prolonged in public debates that were extended beyond 2009. Several lines of discussion can be identified, calling for a broader context, where nostalgia appears as a key theme associated with the process of coming to terms with the communist past.

Opinion polls carried out starting with 2009 (Pew Research Center 2009; IRES–IRESOP 2010; IICCMR–CSOP 2010, 2011; Adevărul–INSCOP Research 2013, 2014; CURS 2018) became the subject of a specific media coverage fueling polemics. Mainstream media outlets framed the polls’ results with titles such as “Communist Nostalgia Haunts Eastern Europe” (Evenimentul Zilei 2009), “Poll: 83% of Romanians, Nostalgic for the Communist Period” (Știrile ProTV 2010), “Communism Remains a Good Idea for most Romanians” (Evenimentul Zilei 2011), “Poll: Half of the Romanians Yearn for Communism” (Adevărul 2013), “Nostalgia for the Golden Era: 40% of Romanians consider the Communist Period was the best in the History of Modern Romania” (B1 2018), setting an alarmist tone for the understanding of nostalgia mostly as a longing for communism. A more nuanced perspective can be observed in examples concerning commodification, advertising and consumption practices related to the past, as most narratives were inspired by the social...

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