Extreme Threat and the Majority-Minority Relationship on the Romanian Internet
The end of the world is everybody’s concern. The relevance of apocalypse and dystopias to mass imaginary is transparent in Umberto Eco’s analysis of Nineteen Eighty Four, the famous novel of Eric Arthur Blair, also known as George Orwell (Eco, 1994). Since 1948, when Orwell finished and published the book, until 1983 – and until today, Eco acknowledges the dystopian satire as becoming part of collective imagination. In the expectation of the end of the world to happen on 1 January 1984, media, arts, cultural and political actors in the USA have organized myriads of events, to use Eco's words, intensifying the preparation for a fatal date. This is just one of the anecdotes that show that the impact of uncontrollable, uncertain and negative futures is greater than social scientists have so far acknowledged. The popular culture that creates mythical heroes who save the world and who are other than religious, like Superman and Batman, has transformed apocalyptic thinking in a mass practice similar to the religious eschatologies, but devoid of religiosity. The modern and post-modern society is profane, thus its fears of the end of the world are no longer sacred. In such a spiritual and religious void, assimilation, segregation or genocide happened at a grater scale and much more often than pluralism. The first three dissolved, marginalized or eliminated others, in order for Us to flourish. The last one, though it was a commendable attempt to promote equality among all, seems in the post-modern era, regarded with a pessimistic...
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