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Laura Fernández publishes in Journalism and Media

Laura Fernández publishes in Journalism and Media

“The Unbearable Green Demon”: A Critical Analysis of Press Representation around the Extermination of Monk Parakeets in Madrid" with Jose A. Moreno and Alejandro Suárez Domínguez

29.06.2022

 

Laura Fernández, member of the CAE board, is the co-author (with Jose A. Moreno and Alejandro Suárez Domínguez) of the paper “The Unbearable Green Demon”: A Critical Analysis of Press Representation around the Extermination of Monk Parakeets in Madrid" which analyses the representation of Monk Parakeets in the press in the case of the city of Madrid. 

It has been published in the Special Issue Communication in Defense of Nonhuman Animals during an Extinction and Climate Crisis, coordinated by Carrie P. Freeman and Núria Almiron.

 

Abstract

We examine the press representation of monk parakeets (Myiopsitta monachus) and their population management in Madrid city. To do this, we analyze mentions of this species in six Spanish newspapers for the case of Madrid. We apply a mixed methodology composed of framing, text analysis, and sentiment analysis. This multi-method approach allows us to further examine the framing and word choice of the newspapers, concluding that the press representation of monk parakeets has been biased and non-ethically led. We discuss this outcome by proposing a media representation guided by non-speciesist ethical framings and avoiding the objectification of nonhuman animals,

Keywords: monk parakeet; Madrid; press representation; invasive species; conservationism; control methods; speciesism; framing analysis; text analysis; sentiment analysis

 

You can read the full article here.

 


 

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