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Apocalypse on the net

Extreme Threat and the Majority-Minority Relationship on the Romanian Internet

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Adela Fofiu

The apocalypse can bring upon the world either termination, either change. By exploring how emotions, ethnic or national belonging and digital technologies work together in constructing an apocalypticizing national self, this book offers a complex analysis of far rightist apocalyptic narratives. Content analysis performed on the blog of the New Right, a far rightist organization from Romania, unveils a fascinating imaginary of fear and hate toward otherness, of strong beliefs that the world, our world, is ending through its transformation into something else – something that we know and, at the same time, do not know and loath. The social psychology of emotions, belonging and identity, the sociology of globalization and studies on cyberhate are intertwined into the exploration and interpretation of on-line apocalyptic narratives that imagine the Gypsification and Hungarization of Romania and the Islamization of Europe as irreversible change.

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Acknowledgements.............................................................................................. 5 Table of contents.................................................................................................. 7 Introduction.......................................................................................................... 9 Chapter 1 Panic on the web: cyberhate, identity and fear.................................. 15 Cyberconflicts and other communication processes.................................. 16 Identity and emotions in the white globalization....................................... 25 Conclusions................................................................................................ 44 Chapter 2 Cyberhate and Romania's national history........................................ 47 The far right and Romania.......................................................................... 47 The far right and the internet...................................................................... 54 Conclusions................................................................................................ 60 Chapter 3 Apocalypticism on the New Right blog............................................. 63 A short description of the blog................................................................... 63 The Apocalypse of Europe......................................................................... 68 The Apocalypse of Romania...................................................................... 76 Echoes in the public................................................................................... 86 Conclusions................................................................................................ 94 Chapter 4 The New Right cyberhate strategies.................................................. 97 The textual strategies.................................................................................. 98 The visual strategies................................................................................. 102 The macro-strategies: emotions and interactions..................................... 107 Conclusions.............................................................................................. 111 Chapter 5 The spread of the apocalyptic cyberhate.......................................... 113 The apocalyptic far right virtual rhizome................................................. 115 The off-line pervasiveness of the apocalyptic cyberhate......................... 121 Conclusions.............................................................................................. 127 Chapter 6 The end is nigh. General conclusions.............................................. 129 'Us'-ness and Otherness in the Romanian cyberhate................................ 130 8 Table of contents The emotions of cyberhate....................................................................... 133 The unpredictable 'what if'....................................................................... 136 Methodological appendix................................................................................. 139 Illustration appendix......................................................................................... 147 References........................................................................................................ 173

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