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Folklore and the Internet
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A pioneering examination of the folkloric qualities of the World Wide Web, e-mail, and related digital media. These stuidies 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

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. -
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction Toward a Conceptual Framework for the Study of Folklore and the Internet
  2. pp. 1-20
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  1. Chapter 1 Digitizing and Virtualizing Folklore
  2. pp. 21-66
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  1. Chapter 2 Guardians of the Living: Characterization of Missing Women on the Internet
  2. pp. 67-79
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  1. Chapter 3 The End of the Internet: A Folk Response to the Provision of Infinite Choice
  2. pp. 80-97
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  1. Chapter 4 The Forward as Folklore: Studying E-Mailed Humor
  2. pp. 98-122
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  1. Chapter 5 Epistemology, the Sociology of Knowledge, and the Wikipedia Userbox Controversy
  2. pp. 123-158
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  1. Chapter 6 Crusading on the Vernacular Web: The Folk Beliefs and Practices of Online Spiritual Warfare
  2. pp. 159-174
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  1. Chapter 7 Ghosts in the Machine: Mourning the MySpace Dead
  2. pp. 175-193
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  1. Chapter 8 Public Folklore in Cyberspace
  2. pp. 194-212
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  1. Appendix Webography of Public Folklore Resources
  2. pp. 213-230
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  1. References
  2. pp. 231-253
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  1. About the Contributors
  2. pp. 254-256
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 257- 260
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