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In this we explore three different forms of nonhuman digital mediation which became prominent during quarantine, at drawing upon ideas from both media theory and more-than-human geography, interviews, and digital experiences. We discuss three forms of digital animals in lockdown: 1) 'creaturely cameos', the livestreaming of historically farmed animals into corporate videoconferencing platforms; 2) 'avatar acquaintances', where pre-existing relationships between humans and animals allow wider publics to encounter them in less accessible places; and 3) 'background birding', which discusses the widespread popularity of livestreamed webcams from birds' nests.

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This paper highlights the fruitful interdisciplinary area between media studies and more-than-human geography.

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This page is a summary of: Quarantine encounters with digital animals: More-than-human geographies of lockdown life, Journal of Environmental Media, August 2020, Intellect,
DOI: 10.1386/jem_00027_1.
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