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Fascism And The Iphone

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Over the years there has been the occasional debate as to when some idiots might try to revive the Fascism of old. Those strains of this odious ideology straight from the 1930s.

Obviously, we are more accustomed to the jazzed up version nowadays, modern day neofascism.

Smart suits, toned down rhetoric and ambiguous soundbites have largely replaced the stomping boots of yesteryear, as neofascism tries to have a makeover.

It is not terribly successful and most historically literate adults can see through the façade and paperthin arguments advanced by contemporary neofascists. It is still worrying, but not in the same way that the 1930s was, not just yet.

So it is all the more surprising that the hardcore fascist philosophies of yesteryear are finding resonance amongst modern Italians, young Italians with a flair for the iPhone.

The popularity of Benito Mussolini’s speeches amongst modern Italians is incredibly depressing, Spiegel Online has more:

”An iPhone application offering the speeches of the World War II dictator Benito Mussolini has become a bestseller in Italy. While the app’s creator defends it as a valuable historical tool, others claim it is glorifying fascism.

It’s just a simple iPhone application. But it has proven enough to trigger a raging debate in Italy. After all, the app happens to offer the full text of over 100 speeches by the country’s Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini.

After having been released on Jan. 21, the application, known as iMussolini, has rocketed to the second-place spot — behind a wallpaper application — on the Italian version of iTunes.
“This is really a flabbergasting phenomenon,” wrote one commentator Wednesday on the online version of the daily La Reppublica, “especially when you consider the fact that the iPhone has gained cult status for the Facebook and Web 2.0 generation. These aren’t nostalgic old people and historians of the fascist era but kids and young adults that spend time and money on the Internet and get their information from it.” ”

Written by modernityblog

01/02/2010 at 16:46

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