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Apocalypse on the net

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


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 5: The spread of the apocalyptic cyberhate


113 Chapter 5 The spread of the apocalyptic cyberhate 'The Baia Mare City Hall plans to build a wall around the blocks of flats inhabited by Roma. The mayor: "It’s not racism. It’s order and discipline!"'75 (Evenimentul Zilei, 29 June 2011) After the project of ghettoization of Roma near the landfill on the outskirts of Cluj-Napoca – a project initiated by the Cluj-Napoca City Hall in the beginning of 2011 – has caught the media attention, a new issue on the same topic fired the public opinion and the media. At the time of this reasearch, the Baia Mare City Hall wanted to implement a project that seemed transposed from the French science-fiction film 'Banlieue 13'76. The protests against the two projects and the support from the public opinion clashed on the internet. The Mayor of Cluj, Sorin Apostu, sustained his project with arguments that denounced the poor hygiene of the Roma community from Cantonului Street, near the county library in Cluj. His ideas were backed by discourses on social housing and better living conditions for the Roma covered by City Hall funds – an obvious good deed. The Mayor of Baia Mare, at his turn, stated that his project responded to the extensive complaints against the Roma community in his town. Romanians disliked Roma's habits, their lack of hygiene, and their deviant threat to the Romanian community in Baia Mare. The total separation of the two communities, this time not by relocating Them, but by walling Them off, is the proposed...

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