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Meow the 58th – Britcats

Pop Culture … Pop Cats … Britcats. A bachelor’s thesis project presents cats in their roles in British popular culture. The web feature story “Expurrliamus – Cats and their Role in Contemporary British Pop Culture” focuses on cats in Harry Potter, Doctor Who, Alice in Wonderland, and James Bond. The parts of the feature story… Continue reading Meow the 58th – Britcats

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Meow the 55th – The Meow Factor’s First Scientific Publication

The Meow Factor’s first scientific contribution has now been published online. The investigation of cat content in today’s media is the title of the original article now included in the peer-reviewed conference proceedings of the Arts & Humanities Conference, Venice. The article can be downloaded here (Meow Factor – Proceedings) or from the website of… Continue reading Meow the 55th – The Meow Factor’s First Scientific Publication

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Meow the 53rd – The Meow Factor. An Investigation of Cat Content in Today’s Media

A sneak peek into the first scientific publication of The Meow Factor. Cats share not only people’s real lives but also their virtual world. The Meow Factor is a research project that takes an interdisciplinary approach to describe cat content. Cat content generally deals with cats in popular culture, with news articles about cats, cat… Continue reading Meow the 53rd – The Meow Factor. An Investigation of Cat Content in Today’s Media

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Meow the 41st – Curiosity Killed the Cat

But satisfaction brought it back. If proverbs are to be believed, there is obviously no danger in doing investigations and research. Apparantly cats have six, seven, or nine lives depending on where they live, and, so by extension, research dealing with cats also receives these lives, does it not? Well, yes. Curiosity Killed the Cat… Continue reading Meow the 41st – Curiosity Killed the Cat

news values · qualitative content analysis

Meow the 18th – Cat Q & A Session

Why do newspapers include cat stories in their news? One answer is that cat stories fulfil certain news values. There are certainly other answers, too. Research on cat stories would have to include interviews with editors to find out why cat stories make it into the paper (print and online). In-depth interviews would wonderfully round… Continue reading Meow the 18th – Cat Q & A Session

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Meow the 15th – Newsca(s)ts

Apart from the ubiquitous Grumpy Cat, who hit her terrible twos according to news portals (Associated Press), rescued cats made the headlines. Once again a cat was sitting on a pole for hours (Echo), and another cat was stuck in a charity shop sofa for five days (BBC News). Why these stories made the news… Continue reading Meow the 15th – Newsca(s)ts

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Meow the Eleventh – CDA, QDA, and CAT

CDA via CAT sounds ominous, but actually no secret is buried here. CDA stands for Critical Discourse Analysis, QDA is short for Qualitative Data Analysis, and CAT is, apart from being the word for feline friends, an abbreviation of a software available on the net, namely Coding Analysis Toolkit. By the way, CAT is also… Continue reading Meow the Eleventh – CDA, QDA, and CAT

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Meow the Eighth – Critical Cats

Cat is short for cat-egories here. So far the cat-egories for the qualitative content analysis of articles about cats in the news are: cute cat stories cats and health homeless cats feral cats cat abuse cats and economy The first cat-egorisation will be done along the items on the list above. In the first step,… Continue reading Meow the Eighth – Critical Cats