An academic study of corgi butts on the Internet (and other animal content online): Univ. of Alabama's Jessica Maddox on Ukrainian kittens, cloned influencers, and the neoliberal "economy of cute"

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Summary: <p>Jessica Maddox, an assistant professor of digital media at the University of Alabama, is the author of the forthcoming book <em>The Internet Is For Cats: How Animal Images Shape Our Digital Lives. </em>Her research has largely involved looking at how people share and consume photos of animals on the Internet. She and Annie discuss a variety of topics relating to social media pets. Maddox offers an academic take on why people create Instagram accounts for their pets, are drawn to stories about Ukrainian rescue cats, and more. What does Youtube have to say about the practice of tying puppies to train tracks so that someone can post a video of their rescue? Why do some brands prefer to work with pet influencers over human ones? Are we living in a new era of anthropomorphizing our pets in a non-private arena, or is this just a new iteration of an age-old practice? And: Is it possible to breed an NFT cat? Maddox addresses these questions, and more.  </p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">The secret life of pet Instagram accounts: Joy, resistance, and commodification in the Internet’s cute economy</a></p> <p></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">More about Jessica Maddox</a></p> <p></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"><em>The Internet Is For Cats: How Animal Images Shape Our Digital Lives</em></a></p> <p></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Why the Internet Is Obsessed With the Cats and Dogs of Ukraine</a></p> <p></p> <p>Crypto Kitties</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Instagram accounts mentioned: </p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">@lolabarksdale</a></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">@wander_with_willow</a></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">@thecalfvet</a></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">@drhunterfinn</a></p> <p>Follow School For The Dogs on Instagram: </p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">@schoolforthedogs</a></p> <p>Follow Annie on Instagram: </p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">@annie.grossman</a></p> --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast: <a href="" rel="payment"></a>