What do social media say about makeovers? A content analysis of cosmetic surgery videos and viewers’ responses on YouTube
Chia, Stella C.
Date of Issue2014
Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information
This study examines portrayals of cosmetic surgery on YouTube, where we found a substantial number of cosmetic surgery videos. Most of the videos came from cosmetic surgeons who appeared to be aggressively using social media in their practices. Except for videos that explained cosmetic surgery procedures, most videos in our sample emphasized the benefits of cosmetic surgery, and only a small number of the videos addressed the involved risks. We also found that tactics of persuasive communication—namely, related to message source and message sensation value (MSV)—have been used in Web-based social media to attract viewers’ attention and interests. Expert sources were used predominantly, although typical-consumer sources tended to generate greater viewer interest in cosmetic surgery than other types of message sources. High MSV, moreover, was found to increase a video’s popularity.
DRNTU::Social sciences::Communication::Promotional communication
© 2014 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. This is the author created version of a work that has been peer reviewed and accepted for publication by Health Communication, Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. It incorporates referee’s comments but changes resulting from the publishing process, such as copyediting, structural formatting, may not be reflected in this document. The published version is available at: [http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10410236.2014.913220].