Nationalist's bickering in online comments5. September 2012 - 17:07 — Sanela Gojak
In most of the Southeast Europe, online media allows readers responses in forms of a comment, after the publication of a text or annotation. It is common to all the news portals, or in the online newspapers in Croatia, Bosnia and Serbia, to publish comments.
Often we come across so-called hate speech and nationalist squabbles. We remind you of not long ago published news from Ljubuski after screening "Nedjo from Ljubuski" movie.
However, here the accent is on the culture news. We will introduce you to the commentators who did not bother about spelling, and their simple communication method abounds with grammatical errors, which, of course, did not stop them in mutual good understanding.
Analyzing some of the portals, we came across the article "A new scandal over the award ''Mesa Selimovic'': Why most of bh. writers do not have a chance for the most prestigious literary award in Bosnia and Herzegovina?!" published, September first this year at the Depo portal.
We found fewer comments, but they are substantially very aggressive and abusive (subsequently deleted, presumably, by portal administrator).
From the nominations for the highest literary prize awarded in BiH - Mesa Selimovic, a jury ruled out the work of writer Abdulah Sidran "The purchase of raw skin", explaining a decision by the fact that the mentioned work is not a novel.
For a book prize "Mesa Selimovic" for the year 2012., selector for BiH Emir Imamovic selected following novels, or authors: "The purchase of raw skin" by Abdulah Sidran, "Kijamet via Vranduk" by Fadila Nura Haver, "I dreamed about elephants" by Ivica Djikic, "The Book of Una" by Faruk Sehic and "Organ from Waldsassen" by Nebojsa Lujanovic.
As we didn't read "The purchase of raw skin" and that is not our intention to go into further controversy is Sidran’s book a novel, we will focus on the readers "bickering" who have touched upon the issue of eternal polemic about whose writer is Mesa Selimovic?Bosnian? Serbian?
The first commenter D.C. actually more answered on a thinking, that we will fully transfer:
"For the begining, Mesa Selimovic was a Yugoslav nationality, and his entire life (except for the last 10-odd years he spent in Belgrade) lived in Bosnia. So he is not a Serb, nor therefore a Serbian writer, not by any means. But, in the end, it does not matter how much we are Muslim or Serb or Croat. Here is about a prestigious literary award, and both Sidran and Selimovic are just that - the writers, and the premium ones. And that's all that matters. Why are you so imbued with nationalism?"
Therefore, we will specify the position of the other commentator D.U. who has pointedly written the following: "Sidran is sufficiently Muslim, but he’s too unman and against Serbs to get a prize of, as he claimed to be for himself, one of the wisest and greatest Serbian writers of the last century, Mehmed mesa selimovic..."
Maybe some will interpret this as the voice of the people (vox populi). And the Internet as the freest media gives wide-ranging possibilities, but having one current cultural news causing this amount of offensive words, suggests that this is still a very sensitive subject for some deeper discussions.
Writer Predrag Matvejevic said for the online edition of Dnevni Avaz that he has voted for Sidran's book, also explaining that these are only superficial stories about "The purchase of raw skin" not being a novel.
At the end, lets finish with a comment from Montenegrin web portal vijesti.me from May this year regarding the same cultural issue: "I precisely knew that there is not one comment here, mine is the first... Our people has a low interest in BOOKS and SHOVEL ... :)))" (-Serb-)