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Shelley Ingram, Willow G. Mullins, and Todd Richardson

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781496822956

Published to University Press of Mississippi: January 2020

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496822956.001.0001

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Check Snopes: Cyborg Folklore in the Internet Age

Check Snopes: Cyborg Folklore in the Internet Age

(p.157) Check Snopes: Cyborg Folklore in the Internet Age
Implied Nowhere

Willow G. Mullins

University Press of Mississippi

“Check Snopes” has become the clarion call of doubters everywhere, from the chalkboard to the chat room. Yet Snopes.com also presents an interesting problem within folklore studies, a problem common to folklore’s relationship with the internet. Certainly Snopes.com demonstrates a breakdown of the clear lines between academic scholarship and popular scholarship, but it points towards other breakdowns as well: between single authorship and community production, between what folklorists study and folklore itself, between human and machine.

Keywords:   Digital folklore, Urban legends, Belief, Cyborg, Education

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