Title The politics of think tanks in social media: FAES, YouTube and free-market ideology
Authors Pineda, Antonio, Hernandez-Santaolalla, Victor, PÉREZ DE ALGABA CHICANO, CRISTINA, Barragan-Romero, Ana I., PÉREZ DE ALGABA CHICANO, CRISTINA
External publication No
Means Int. J. Media Cult. Polit.
Scope Article
Nature Científica
SJR Quartile 2
Area International
Web https://www.scopus.com/inward/record.uri?eid=2-s2.0-85067983658&doi=10.1386%2fmacp.15.1.3_1&partnerID=40&md5=6122033edac1d25d0fc5b9e1f2a5240e
Publication date 01/03/2019
ISI 000466134500001
Scopus Id 2-s2.0-85067983658
DOI 10.1386/macp.15.1.3_1
Abstract Communication and the media stand out among the means think tanks employ to shape public opinion, influence political cultures and spread ideologies. More specifically, both traditional and new media stand out as resources for the advocacy performed by right-leaning think tanks. While the use of traditional media has been well studied, little research has focused on think tanks' online message content. This article focuses on the social media communication of one of the main think tanks in Spain: FAES. The YouTube videos of this research institution are content analysed in light of (1) free-market ideology and (2) the specific philosophical tenets of two American think tanks: the conservative Heritage Foundation and the libertarian Cato Institute. Results indicate that free-market ideology is communicated throughout FAES's videos. However, neither Heritage-type conservatism nor Catotype libertarianism are conveyed. Our study shows that an economic right-wing discourse is finding a new outlet on social media, and sheds light on how FAES's use of the web relates to the political context.
Keywords think tanks; social media; free-market ideology; FAES; conservatism; libertarianism
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