About the Meow Factor

What is The Meow Factor?

The Meow Factor is a scientific project dedicated to showing and describing the feline presence in the public sphere – in people’s real lives and in the virtual world. The Meow Factor takes an interdisciplinary approach to research cats in the media, on the internet, in art, in popular culture, in nature, in advertising, and more.

You can find posts on cats in the media in several categories. Please see Research Notes

Which Scientific Publications are Out There?

The Meow Factor’s research publications are here:  Publications

Other online research publications on cats are here: Cat Research on the Net

Why Research on Cats on The Meow Factor?

The trigger for the Meow Factor, which was launched in February 2014, was the abundance of cats on social media and in newspapers. After reading another cute kitty story in the paper, the idea was born to look at cat content in a scientific way to provide a sound basis for what so far had only been assumptions and observations.

Who is freemurrli?

The name freemurrli is the online username of Edith Podhovnik and is derived from the name of Spokes-cat Murrli.

Sociolinguistics, dialectology, cross-cultural communication, and culture are topics which I deal with in my job lecturing at the University of Applied Sciences FH Joanneum in Graz (Austria) and write about in scientific articles, essays, and critical reviews in international online magazines and journals.

Cats have meow (now) been added to my research interests.

For all my research publications, please see Research Profile on Academia.edu.

What does the media say about The Meow Factor?

ORF Steiermark (2018): Wie Katzen unsere Sprache verändern

Bernadette Bayrhammer (2018): Der Miau-Faktor: Eine Forscherin entdeckt den Cat Content

Carmen Oster (2018): Cat Content. Warum uns Katzen klicklich machen.

FH JOANNEUM (2017): Best Paper Award für Cat Content-Forschung für Excellence in Research

Romana Mocnik (2014): Sind Katzen die eigentlichen Herrscher der Welt?

How to use The Meow Factor?

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Where does the logo come from?

The logo comes from http://freedesignfile.com/22693-funny-black-cat-design-vector-02/ and is used under the Creative Commons License 3.0.

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