For this week’s task we were given a theme (the Rise of the Far Right) around which we had to build a list.
The main questions to ask ourselves were: how to identify books and authors in that area? What are the gaps in the market?
I decided to look at social media trends that could involve the Far Right. I wanted to find far right politicians that are often on the receiving end of memes or humorous tweets.
Who might be key players? And in what countries?
- Donald Trump (US)
- Nigel Farage (UK)
- Jean-Marie Le Pen et Marine Le Pen (France)
–> 3 potential geographies/territories
Where could I look for potential sources?
- UK Department of Media Culture and Sport
- News websites
- Amazon‘s book database
- Nielsen BookScan
- social media sites, such as Twitter, 9gag, etc.
- academic publication
Books that use a short format or social media and have humourous content:
- The History of the World According to Facebook
- Twitterature: The World’s Greatest Books Retold Through Twitter Paperback
- Historical Tweets: The Completely Unabridged and Ridiculously Brief History of the World
- Very British Problems: Making Life Awkward for Ourselves, One Rainy Day at a Time Paperback
- Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops
- Film in Five Seconds: Over 150 Great Movie Moments – in Moments!
I think a similar book on the theme political science and explained through social media, e.g. the Rise of the Far Right in 140 characters – could do well as one of those small books you buy by the till. Especially if authors from the above titles did collabs.