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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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Illustration appendix 149 Fig. 1: Atenţie la demografie/'Attention to demographics' http://blog.nouadreapta.org/2010/04/atentie-la-demografie/, captioned 28 March 2011. The article is no longer available on the New Right blog. Illustration appendix 151 Fig. 2: Consiliul Europei legalizează hula împotriva lui Dumnezeu/'The European Council legalizes blasphemy, http://blog.nouadreapta.org/2010/12/consiliul- europei-legalizeaza-hula-impotriva-lui-dumnezeu/, captioned 2 April 2013 Illustration appendix 153 Fig. 3: Criza europeană/'The European crisis', http://blog.nouadreapta.org/2011/03/criza-europeana/, captioned 2 April 2013 Illustration appendix 155 Fig. 4: Populatia de musulmani se va dubla pana in 2030/'The Muslim population will double by 2030', http://blog.nouadreapta.org/2011/01/populatia-de-musulmani- se-va-dubla-pana-in-2030/, captioned 2 April 2013 Illustration appendix 157 Fig. 5: Dictatul de la Viena se reîntoarce/'The Vienna Diktat returns', http://blog.nouadreapta.org/2010/03/dictatul-de-la-viena-se-reintoarce/, captioned 2 April 2013 Illustration appendix 159 Fig. 6: UDMR: Regiunea autonomă maghiară va funcţiona din 2013/'Democratic Union of Hungarians from Romania: the Hungarian autonomous region in Romania will be functional in 2013', http://blog.nouadreapta.org/2011/02/udmr- regiunea-autonoma-maghiara-va-functiona-din-2013/, captioned 2 April 2013 Illustration appendix 161 Fig. 7: Aleşii locali din secuime au votat pentru oficializarea limbii maghiare/The local Seckler representatives have voted for the formalization of the Hungarian language', http://blog.nouadreapta.org/2010/03/alesii-locali-din-secuime-au- votat-pentru-oficializarea-limbii-maghiare/, captioned 2 April 2013 Illustration appendix 163 Fig. 8: Avram Iancu, "spânzurat" în centrul oraşului Miercurea Ciuc de liderul unei grupări extremiste; la "spectacolul" din stradă au luat parte şi copii/'Avram Iancu, 'hanged' in the town centre of Miercurea Ciuc by the leader of an extremist group; the "street show" was also attended by children', http://blog.nouadreapta.org/2011/03/avram-iancu-"spanzura"-in-centrul- orasului-miercurea-ciuc-de-liderul-unei-grupari-extremiste-la-"spectacolul"- din-strada-au-luat-parte-si-copii/, captioned...

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