Encounter with a fuzzy character

Cows say moo. Pigs say oink. Raccoons don’t say any of that, unless it’s the clang of crashing lids as they’re smashing open garbage cans. This has some advantages – in general, the average raccoon spends “less than one minute” of its lifetime reading and analyzing writings about new media – but also greatly curtails raccoons’ ability to participate in the world of converged communications.

Why is this interesting? Yesterday, a raccoon exited the woods and began moving erratically around a gazebo in a neighboring (vacant) backyard. This fuzzy character was sometimes marching in sharp squares that would make a first-grade teacher happy, sometimes reversing its own course, sometimes lying down and appearing to be dead, all in broad daylight. This was cause for concern, because the raccoon is a prominent North American carrier of the dreaded disease rabies. (Converged communicators with a good memory and experience in Writing for Digital Media, or DIG3153, during the Fall 2013 semester may remember that the ever-popular World Rabies Day is observed on September 28.) In any case, I was able to snap a couple of shots from a comparatively safe distance.

This post could conclude with a profound analysis of the international business complications involved in exporting the rabies vaccine, a discussion about how rabies-spreading, trash-can-raiding mammals could improve their public image, or even a hopeless attempt to turn the two frames pictured about into a raccoon animated .GIF. Instead, though, let’s finish with a thought-provoking question at the intersection of the family Procyonidae and communications law. Can a raccoon commit libel?


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