Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2009

Abstract

This textual analysis examines the representations of farmed animals in national print and broadcast news discourse in over 100 stories published from 2000-2003. Findings show these American news media largely support the speciesist status quo by favoring elite viewpoints and failing to provide balance. Although exceptions are provided, news media often objectify nonhuman animals discursively through: 1) commodification, 2) failure to acknowledge their emotional perspectives, and 3) failure to describe them as inherently-valuable individuals.

Comments

This article was published in The Communication Review. Copyright © 2009 Taylor & Francis.

The pre-print version is posted here with the permission of the author.