Academics have been calling for a “replacement NATO” ever since Glasnost.… What’s Glasnost? Not something you hear about anymore “perestroika”? New phone, who dis? A commentator on a Q&A site from Moscow said this in 2008: “I was born in 1987 and i don’t know the principles of Glasnost. Nobody remembers that thing anymore. As for the freedom of word – we have the Internet without any “Great wall” firewall. Last couple of years, portals for city services started, so you can address an issue through the net, and it’s really working. As for transparency of the government machine – many of us are not interested in that. Constant ruling of one party and one man killed an interest in inner politics in us.” and that was 2008. Political atrophy. That’s why we’re so intriguing.

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context – con-text – “with text”. Basic sarcasm is: “ha, I have said the opposite of what I really mean and that’s funny haha!” There’s usually very little in the text itself that indicates, “THIS IS SARCASTIC NOW” but there is often something. Online, it might be a   or   that tells you, “Switch this meaning into opposite mode”. But that’s all basic sarcasm. Higher levels involve using your pre existing knowledge to bear upon the conversation in order to interpret it properly, as the text itself is devoid of its full message.

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There’s a lot of propaganda in this area. Ethnonationalism, which can be disguised in many ways, can be particularly sneaky. On the extreme end are those that want to put people on trains so that they’re “with their own”, often based on misinterpretations of maps like these, which (if they’re accurate – and there are some fakes around or well-meaning but subjective) – can take what’s so often a SIMPLE MAJORITY (51%) and round it up to 100%. So, be cautious.

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