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Dog Stories in the Digital Age: Dogstagrams as Digital Tales of Becoming with Companion Species

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Karli Brittz

University of Pretoria, ZA
About Karli
Part-time lecture and PhD candidate at the University of Pretoria, South Africa.
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This paper examines the phenomenon of dogstagrams on the social media platform Instagram. It argues that online posts of dogs are digital stories of companion species relations, as defined and explored by Donna Haraway. The discussion shows how these images present different narratives akin to the human-dog relationship to form a significant part of the canon of dog stories in the current Digital Age. The various narratives told by the Dogs of Instagram include self-representing stories, anthropomorphic stories, domestic stories, adventure stories and stories of companionship, manifesting various aspects of the complex canon of the human-dog relationship and the broader conversation regarding anthropocentrism, nonhumanism and agency in companion species relations. In turn, the paper also indicates how dogstagrams, as digital stories, not only recount and remember companion species relations, but also actively participate in the human-dog relation by promoting and relearning a sense of responsibility and community.

How to Cite: Brittz, K., 2020. Dog Stories in the Digital Age: Dogstagrams as Digital Tales of Becoming with Companion Species. Junctions: Graduate Journal of the Humanities, 5(1), pp.41–61. DOI: http://doi.org/10.33391/jgjh.78
Published on 06 Aug 2020.
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