Folklore and the Internet: Vernacular Expression in a Digital World

Folklore and the Internet: Vernacular Expression in a Digital World

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  • Publish Date: 2009-09-09


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A pioneering examination of the folkloric qualities of the World Wide Web, email, and related digital media. These studies show that folk culture, sustained by a new and evolving vernacular, has been a key, since the Internet's beginnings, to language, practice, and interaction online. Users of many sorts continue to develop the Internet as a significant medium for generating, transmitting, documenting, and preserving folklore.

In a set of new, insightful essays, contributors Trevor J. Blank, Simon J. Bronner, Robert Dobler, Russell Frank, Gregory Hansen, Robert Glenn Howard, Lynne S. McNeill, Elizabeth Tucker, and William Westerman showcase ways the Internet both shapes and is shaped by folklore.

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