An Insight into Forum for Democracy ’s WhatsApp groups

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Abstract

Forum for Democracy (FvD) is a political party on the rise in the Netherlands. Thierry Baudet, the conservative revolutionary and dandyesque leader of the party, positions himself and his party as right-wing and as an acceptable ideological alternative to all the other Dutch parties. All media controversies about his radical right ideology are labelled by Baudet as the work of opponents trying to frame him and the party in a negative way. A careful analysis of WhatsApp messages of the youth divisions of the party, however, shows a different reality. The analysis of 900 Whatsapp messages of FvD-militants shows that mass media reporting helps shape a metapolitical discourse without ‘de-radicalizing’ the core ideology.
Original languageEnglish
JournalDiggit Magazine
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Keywords

  • far right
  • Forum voor Democratie
  • thierry baudet
  • whatsapp

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