Cybernationalism refers to a new type of ideological movement that has originated, existed, and developed on the World Wide Web since the mid-1990s. It is a natural extension of the traditional nationalistic movement, but it distinguishes itself in its organizational structure, operational pattern, and political implications. Through various Internet-based communications and activities, cybernationalists promote collective identity, cultural cohesion, political autonomy, and national interests among like-minded people in the cyber sphere. Taking advantages of the global reach and decentralized nature of online communication technologies (Internet media, e-mail, online chat rooms, online forums, bulletin board systems, personal Web logs, etc.), cybernationalists can advocate their cause with fast speed, low cost, and tremendous impact.

Nationalism is an exclusive, unsettling, and deeprooted ideology, whereas the cyber sphere is an ...

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