Title Memes as an ideological tool: The stance of the Spanish online newspapers regarding the Catalan Referendum and catalan regional elections 2017
Authors PÉREZ DE ALGABA CHICANO, CRISTINA, Bellido-Pérez E., PÉREZ DE ALGABA CHICANO, CRISTINA
External publication No
Means Catal. J. Commun. Cultur. Studies
Scope Article
Nature Científica
SJR Quartile 2
Area International
Web https://www.scopus.com/inward/record.uri?eid=2-s2.0-85075298159&doi=10.1386%2fcjcs_00007_1&partnerID=40&md5=cc283ca7c11fa9334e4bf29e9fb7af40
Publication date 01/01/2019
ISI 000495063500007
Scopus Id 2-s2.0-85075298159
DOI 10.1386/cjcs_00007_1
Abstract The present article analyses the use of digital memes by the main Spanish newspapers taking the Catalan Referendum 1 October 2017 and the Catalan Regional Elections 21 December 2017 as a case study. Since these events took place, Spain is living a new wave of polarization, where the country is divided between those who support the Catalan goal of independence and those who protest against it. Therefore, Spanish Internet users have fervently positioned themselves for or against the Catalan pro-independence discourse, using humour as a weapon and, consequently, memes as the medium. These memes that have arisen can be labelled as pieces of anti-propagandistic critical discourse (ACD). Through a mixed quantitative-qualitative methodology, we propose to identify the features of the ACD in the memes about the Catalan independence that have been collected in the online edition of the main Spanish newspapers. In this way, our main goal is to point out memes as a powerful ideological tool for citizens and hence for the general media. © 2019 Intellect Ltd Article.
Keywords Catalonia; Elections; Ideology; Memes; Politics; Social media
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