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Year
2017
Issue
1
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84-94
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Section СОЦИОЛОГИЯ. ПОЛИТОЛОГИЯ. МЕЖДУНАРОДНЫЕ ОТНОШЕНИЯ
Title REACTIONS IN SOCIAL NETWORKS TO THE PARIS TERRORIST ATTACKS AND RUSSIAN PLANE BOMBING OVER EGYPT’S SINAI DESERT: DIFFERENT LEVELS OF PERCEPTION OF THE HUMAN TRAGEDY IN THE EUROPEAN AND RUSSIAN SOCIETIES
Author(-s) Pechenkina E.D.
Abstract In this article, the author examines the effects of the wave of indignation and sympathy that swept Europe in response to the attacks that occurred in Paris in November 2015, which resulted in the French flag being put instantaneously on profile pictures in social networks. Moreover, the following hashtags ranked in the top list of the most popular hashtags for 2015: #ParisAttacks, #bataclan, #PrayForParis. The author wonders why the reaction to the Russian aircraft A-321 undermining over Egypt’s Sinai desert and its subsequent downfall, despite the fact that it happened 2 weeks before the Paris terrorist attacks, was much calmer and less pronounced within the Russian and European online communities. The author tries to find out whether the exaggerated attention to the events in the European capital by means of social networks was a kind of vanity fair where everyone was competing in showing the greatest compassion or whether it was just a direct result of the simplified interface of Facebook, which immediately after the tragedy introduced the new option “Change your profile picture to support France and Parisians”, which could be applied with one mouse click. In the end, the author concludes that it is not so important who, how and to what extent sympathized with human grief, the main thing is that people remain indifferent to other peoples’ troubles and have a desire to help one's neighbor, not for show, but because they care, regardless of the country of residence, social status, gender and age.
Keywords Paris, terrorist attack, social networks, hashtag, French flag, plane, Russia, France, Egypt, Sinai, society, solidarity, empathy, compassion, Facebook, Twitter, profile picture, profile, perception, tragedy
UDC 327.36; 172.4
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