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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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Chapter 3: Apocalypticism on the New Right blog

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63 Chapter 3 Apocalypticism on the New Right blog A short description of the blog 'In my wretchedness, like a rabid dog, I mocked the hero of the 1848 Revolution, Avram Iancu. I know I will pay a big price for my deeds. I don’t deserve to be endured on the Romanian earth of Harghita.'19 After Csibi Barna, a Hungarian nationalist from Romania, staged a symbolical public hanging of the Romanian national hero Avram Iancu on the occasion of the national day of Hungary, the Romanian National Security organization hacked his blog in two steps. After the first hack, the site displayed: 'The blog has been eliminated. The blog at csibibarna.blogspot.com has been eliminated.' After the second hack, the blog displayed its usual template, but under its title, 'Csibi Barna Blogja'20, there was a short biographical note on Avram Iancu, and the 'About' section displayed the message above, as if it would come from Csibi Barna. The most powerful visual message on the hacked site is a picture of a statue of Avram Iancu riding a horse, which covers more than 50% of the screen. On the blog of the New Right, the event was reported with joy. The bloggers chortled that 'Avram Iancu has hacked the blog of the rabid monkey Csibi Barna.'21 19 A county in the middle of Romania, where the Hungarian ethnicity counts approximately three quarters of the population (Lazăr, 2000). There, as a result, the Hungarian-Romanian relations are sensitive and the issue of Hungarian...

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