Folklore and the Internet: The Challenge of an Ephemeral Landscape1

Trevor Blank
2018 Humanities  
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
more » ... rocess of transmission and variation that shapes the resulting hybridized folklore requires greater scrutiny and contextualization.
doi:10.3390/h7020050 fatcat:v4lfkcwppbgszjldknuaonvxui