This paper is going to analyze the emergence, the historical background and the popularization as well as the sociolinguistic and cultural implications of a widely popular meme among Eastern Europeans: Squatting Slavs. It will also look at the meme's connection to globalization. This may be true from a certain point of view, but there is nothing new about the phenomenon of globalization. Therefore, what we are witnessing now is a new phase of a process which began centuries ago. Globalization changers over time. This explains why its current stage of development is indeed specific and is surpassing all of the previous ones in terms of intensity, scope and scale Blommaert, Undoubtedly, this leads to new patterns of global social behavior and community formation and has large political and cultural impact. What is often seen as the most specific feature of present-day globalization, is that it is mainly about being connected online. The Internet and, more specifically, the emergence and subsequent popularity of social media platforms has given us the chance to connect and communicate with people all around the world.
Definition of being Gopnik
Slavs Squatting is the new trend, no more planking
The position can be described as squatting with slightly relaxed arms hanging on the knees and almost touching the ground. It originates in the prison population, also known as gopniki. Squatting gopnik typically holds in his hands: a cigarette, plastic 1. Other attributes are: a rosary, chain, key chain in this case, gopnik makes rotational movements, as if concentrating on the process of rotation , sunflower seeds, clenched or packaged in a paper bag.
He favors Adidas tracksuits, newsboy hats and pointed leather shoes. He smokes cheap cigarettes and drinks cheap beer or vodka. Between his expression and his surrounding, you associate him with poverty and its attendant crime. In a new episode of their wonderful podcast covering U. You vs the guy she tells you not to worry about pic. It was Slavic meme creators who saw the content-potential in this group, and before viral fame, few gopniki would have seen themselves as affecting a style, per se, only living normally. Their image, as we know it, is largely informed by other Slavs mimicking them. Early in the podcast, we hear that the gopnik is one of the few images of a stereotypical Russian known outside of the country itself. How exactly do actual Russians — and not just the gopniki — feel about that? Freeman: How Russians feel about the gopnik image is probably on a person-by-person basis.