LOL cats. Grumpy Cat. Dog-rating Twitter. Pet Instagram accounts. It’s generally understood the Internet is for pictures of cute cats (and dogs, and otters, and pandas). But what motivates people to make and share these images, and how do they relate to other online social practices? What roles do animals play within online economies of cuteness and attention? How do animal memes and videos respond to common experiences of life under neoliberalism?
Join us as Dr. Jessica Maddox presents the findings of her new book, The Internet Is for Cats (Rutgers, 2022) in conversation with OPCaM affiliate Dr. A.J. Bauer. They’ll discuss what her research revealed about the human social practices behind the animal images we all encounter online.
This is a hybrid event. If you are in Tuscaloosa, please join us in person at Lucy Hall 118. If you are not local, there will be a Zoom option.
Our "Politics, Broadly" series features OPCaM members in conversation with some of the most prolific political and social media scholars in the world. "Politics, Broadly" is designed to facilitate public conversation around pressing issues while considering a broadly constituted, interdisciplinary version of political communication.
These events are open to the public, but registration is required.
If you're interested in speaking as part of our Politics, Broadly series, please email A.J. Bauer at email@example.com
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