I never really know what a think tank was when they were first brought up in class. I had heard of them but I have never used them in class nor have come across one before in passing. For this week’s blog I had to do a significant amount of research to gain a better understanding of think tanks and their importance.
The Wikipedia page was particularly helpful. I was able to learn about think tanks and also click on some links that gave me some examples. I ended up selecting Center for Media and Democracy. the CMD can be considered a broad think tank because it gives analysis and opinion on policies such as the economy, environment, and national security. I thought the CMD was interesting because it covers so many different topics. Furthermore, it promotes citizen journalism and aims to expose corporate spin and government propaganda. If this class has shown me one thing it is that media plays a big part of day to day life. The CMD covers many categories as can be seen on their website. Click Here
I still don’t know enough about think tanks to make a sound decision on what type I would work for; however, I would have to choose between Private or University funding. I feel like private funding could be very useful because if your mission is strong enough, there is a way to get a significant amount of grants and donations. University funding could be tricky but I believe that research funding can also be very helpful and is actually something the general public hears about consistently. At the risk of sounding narrow minded I would not like to work for a government think tank. I often feel that the government has the reputation for being “the bad guy” and I would rather work for a think tank that has a significant amount of support. For example, people are always going to support research funding if it goes towards a greater good that everyone supports.
If I could create a think tank to explore and be a part of I would choose to focus on immigration. Specifically I would like to focus on athletes from other countries coming to the United States. There are a significant amount of athletes that are recruited from other countries but hardly any of them make it to the big league. I would be interested in learning more about this process and what can be done about this situation. Often times the athlete/immigrants are left hanging high and dry without any resources or money to even return to their home countries. The MLB has faced much criticism for recruiting in the Dominican Republic. Other sports have faced opposition as well. This has been a topic that has always intrigued me and thats what I would focus my think tank on.