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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

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

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496822956.003.0011

“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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