Extreme Threat and the Majority-Minority Relationship on the Romanian Internet
Chapter 6: The end is nigh. General conclusions
129 Chapter 6 The end is nigh. General conclusions Apocalyptic themes are constituent to extreme rightist and nationalist imaginaries (Berlet, 1999). This work has addressed the strategies used on the internet by the Romanian New Right to create dystopian futures, to manipulate emotions, to re-construct Romanianess, Europeaness, whiteness and, in contrast, Otherness. The New Right blog is not a peripheral phenomenon. Mapping the links the blog collects indicates an intimate relation between various types of media in Romania addressing apocalyptic macro-themes. The theoretical chapter presented a complex of media and sociological theories, addressing the agenda setting theory, the cyberconflict, the perverse effects of globalization, belonging to ethnicities and being white, and an array of emotions – fear, anxiety, anger, hate - and their understanding in sociology. A historical setting was briefly described so as to understand how the national idea has evolved in Romania and how it relates to the internet and to media in general. This was then followed by an empirical descriptive chapter and an analysis chapter, in which the apocalyptic narratives on the New Right blog were addressed in detail. The recurrent extreme threat themes on the blog were Islamization, de- Christianization, demographic decline and immigration in Europe and Hungarization and Gypsification of Romania. An analytical view over the apocalyptic processes showed that the New Right blog uses textual and visual strategies that combine into emotional and interactional macro-strategies, designed to manipulate emotions and to reconstruct realities. An analysis of the sources that the blog uses showed that...
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