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NewsloreContemporary Folklore on the Internet$
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Russell Frank

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781604739282

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604739282.001.0001

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Diana’s Halo

Diana’s Halo

Newslore as Folk Media Criticism

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Russell Frank

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter examines the newslore and folk response to media reporting on celebrity deaths. It provides some examples of the jokes about the death of Princess Diana and the murder of fashion designer Gianni Versace and analyzes those jokes. It suggests that the abundance of celebrity jokes on the Internet indicates that anything goes in the online world despite the compunctions of newspaper people about offending the delicate sensibilities of their readers. This chapter also considers the role of newslore as folk media criticism.

Keywords:   celebrity deaths, newslore, media reporting, Princess Diana, Gianni Versace, jokes, folk media criticism

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