Extreme Threat and the Majority-Minority Relationship on the Romanian Internet
Chapter 1: Panic on the web: cyberhate, identity and fear
15 Chapter 1 Panic on the web: cyberhate, identity and fear The research on the Romanian cyberhate has been, among many other processes, a long term, painstaking work on finding the most appropriate tools to deepen the understanding of what on-line extreme and intolerant speech means. Adopting Wallerstein’s view over the world system, any social event or phenomenon is embedded into a global network of interdependencies and the wider the view over these interdependencies, the better the understanding of contexts (Wallerstein, 1974). It was a complex process to decide between looking specifically at the Romanian context - cropping it from the historical and cultural heritage of the Balkan and Eastern European area and the current status of the information age and societ - and looking at the Romanian context in a wider frame - the European identity as a result of historical flows and cultural interactions in a digital era that surpasses the industrial society and transposes us all into the Information Age. As well, I had to decide between adopting a sociological approach and using the wide variety of tools that social sciences have to offer. The mere concept of cyberhate implies knowledge from various fields in order to decipher it. The prefix cyber- is used to indicate the existence of entities and events in the virtual universe or virtual space that the occurrence of global electronic networks and the internet facilitated. Though it is not my intention here to summarise the specific language of information and communication technologies,...
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