Toward a Conceptual Framework for the Study of Folklore and the Internet

by Trevor J. Blank

Trevor Blank broke new ground for the field of folklore studies in this essay by rationalizing the study of the internet as an important area of expressive vernacular culture. Pushing back against traditionalists who dismissed the digital as simply the domain of technicians and mass media, Blank argues that "from the earliest moments of the modern Internet's existence, folklore was a central component of the domain, moderating the intersection of computer professionals with hackers, newfangled lingo, and the dispersal of stories, pranks, and legends." With this essay and the volume it introduces (Folklore and the Internet), Blank theorizes the internet as an important analytic venue for folklorists, and sets the agenda for digital folklore research.

 

Trevor Blank photoTrevor J. Blank is associate professor of communication at the State University of New York at Potsdam. He is the editor of Folklore and the Internet and Folk Culture in the Digital Age, coeditor of Tradition in the Twenty-First Century, and author of The Last Laugh: Folk Humor, Celebrity Culture, and Mass-Mediated Disasters in the Digital Age and Toward a Conceptual Framework for the Study of Folklore and the Internet. Follow him on Twitter: @trevorjblank.

Imprint: Utah State University Press

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  • Paperback Price: $7.95
  • Paperback ISBN: 978-0-87421-965-4
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  • EISBN: 978-0-87421-945-6
  • Publication Month: May
  • Publication Year: 2014
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  • Author: by Trevor J. Blank
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