Genuine Zoocentrism or Dogged Anthropocentrism? On the Personification of Animal Figures in the News

@inproceedings{Gouabault2011GenuineZO,
  title={Genuine Zoocentrism or Dogged Anthropocentrism? On the Personification of Animal Figures in the News},
  author={Emmanuel Gouabault and Annik Dubied and Claudine Burton-Jeangros},
  year={2011}
}
Introduction. Over the past few decades, animal figures seem to have been increasingly personified in Euro-American information media. References to domestic or wild animals described as human characters have become more frequent; an identity and a genealogy (first name, surname, filiation, etc.) are attributed, for example, to Knut, the polar bear cub of the Berlin Zoo; to JJ3, a bear killed in Switzerland; as well as to Tinkerbell, Paris Hilton’s chihuahua. The feelings and actions of these… CONTINUE READING