Animal Inventory Blog

Keeping track of animals in popular culture.

Welcome to Animal Inventory

Posted by lisagbrown on August 5, 2007

Animals show up in the strangest places. On TV a cow tells audiences to buy pork, in the movies a pig herds sheep, and a shampoo brand is marketed via the image of a kangaroo. Who are these animals? What do they mean to us? What do we gain (or lose) by utilizing their representations?

Most people don’t think about the many animals that inhabit their life, unless they consider household pets or nuisance wildlife. Yet aside from dogs, cats, and the occassional squirrel, most communities are populated by a varied group of animals through advertising, packaging, movies, books, TV and many other mediums. Boundaries like wild and tame, food and friend, companion and pest are challenged in the strangest ways every day. Animal representations have been manufactured, deconstructed and reconstructed by humans until the animal’s original form is almost unrecognizable. Still, through these manipulations, it is possible to learn a great deal about how we view animals.

This blog is an attempt to pay attention to these animals, figure out who they are, why they exist, and what they reveal about how we see their living counterparts.

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