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Фенове на родината
The fans of the motherland

Author(s): Ivaylo Ditchev
Subject(s): Cultural Essay, Political Essay, Societal Essay
Published by: Фондация за хуманитарни и социални изследвания - София
Keywords: Nationalism; subculture; popular culture; new media; identity

Summary/Abstract: The text compares the contemporary sub-cultural nationalism that we observe around sport events, internet quarrels or popular music with its political predecessor of the last two centuries. Today passions are much more centrifugal, mass mobilizations dissolving as quickly as they have emerged without producing leaders, platforms or consequential ideologies. One of the reasons seems to be the new media context of overproduction, where only new, radical and negative messages are heard. The other reason lies in a profound change within commercialized culture: the nation no longer owns its member; it is the fan who feels entitled to own the nation with all its emblems, myths and emotional experiences.

  • Issue Year: 2012
  • Issue No: 39
  • Page Range: 239-248
  • Page Count: 10
  • Language: Bulgarian