Youtube Nationalism During the Crimea Crisis (NSFW)

Although nationalism is usually kept at a distance, it can also creep up on the internet.  While it is a phenomena that is often seen as occurring “somewhere else,” when it happens online, a user has no choice but see it “in public” through the same forums they use themselves. In this case, heated tensions between Ukraine and Russia over Crimea inflamed on a very specific youtube video. The video in question was over a fascist member of the Ukrainian parliament (Oleh Lyashko) kidnapping an alleged pro-Russian MP. Quite apart from the video, perhaps what was most interesting where the reactions in the comments section.

Full warning, both the video and some of the comments are disturbing (link here). For the benefit of scrolling through it, I’ve catalouged the most worthwhile comments from the video.

Someone defending Lyashko’s actions:

Pro-Ukraine

Another argues for Russian collective punishment in response:

Pro-Russia

Praise/Hate for Lyashko:
sidebyside

And again:

sidebyside2

The closest thing to a “third way” comment:

Middle

While this may be a somewhat extreme example, this shows a very exclusive (possibly fascist) idea of nationalism for both sides. It wants to exclude or subjugate all that is either Russian/Ukranian, with almost no comments that are middle of the road. At the very least, it is clear that neither extreme is correct in this regard.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s