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Humanities 2018, 7(2), 50; https://doi.org/10.3390/h7020050

Folklore and the Internet: The Challenge of an Ephemeral Landscape1

Department of English & Communication, State University of New York at Potsdam, Potsdam, NY 13676, USA
Received: 20 April 2018 / Revised: 15 May 2018 / Accepted: 16 May 2018 / Published: 21 May 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue The Challenge of Folklore to the Humanities)
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Through the lens of memetic folk humor, this essay examines the slippery, ephemeral nature of hybridized forms of contemporary digital folklore. In doing so, it is argued that scholars should not be distracted by the breakneck speed in which expressive materials proliferate and then dissipate but should instead focus on the overarching ways that popular culture and current news events infiltrate digital folk culture in the formation of individuals' cultural inventories. The process of transmission and variation that shapes the resulting hybridized folklore requires greater scrutiny and contextualization. View Full-Text
Keywords: internet; memes; hybridity; humor; popular culture; cultural inventory internet; memes; hybridity; humor; popular culture; cultural inventory
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