It has been argued that a contemporary penchant for wildlife images serves to cloak the various destructive impacts human actions have on nonhuman animals, as well as to distract us from our ever-decreasing direct encounters with them. However, this form of media has also demonstrated its effectiveness as a method for communicating conservation messages to the wider public. This paper seeks to examine this tension through an analysis of a famous reunion clip from the documentary Christian the Lion (1971), exploring how audiences have reacted to this clip through a selection of YouTube comments and asking what these comments can tell us about contemporary ideas relating to human/animal inter-subjectivity.
NekarisK. A. I., CampbellN., CogginsT. B., RodeE. J. & NijmanV.Tickled to death: Analysing public perceptions of ‘cute’ videos of threatened species (Slow Lorises—Nycticebus spp.) on Web 2.0 SitesPLoS ONE201387e69215
NekarisK. A. I.CampbellN.CogginsT. B.RodeE. J.NijmanV.Tickled to death: Analysing public perceptions of ‘cute’ videos of threatened species (Slow Lorises—Nycticebus spp.) on Web 2.0 Sites