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Legend-Tripping OnlineSupernatural Folklore and the Search for Ong's Hat$
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Michael Kinsella

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781604739831

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604739831.001.0001

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. Intense Discussion and the Processing of Events

. Intense Discussion and the Processing of Events

(p.127) 8. Intense Discussion and the Processing of Events
Legend-Tripping Online

Michael Kinsella

University Press of Mississippi

The final stage of legend-tripping involves discursive attempts by participants to make sense of the entire ordeal. While this process might seem to signal the end of the ritual, it actually renews the legend complex and parallels the third stage of interpretive drift wherein interpreted events justify the very frameworks from which they arose. In the case of the Incunabula Papers legend-trip, the negotiations of meaning are preserved as an archive of “accounts of past happenings.” The communal discussions of what transpired are also converted by other forms of legend-tripping into narratives that become part of the accounts of past happenings. In web forums, however, conversations about the legend-trip are exactly the documentation of the legend-trip. This chapter presents online postings that include various analyses of the Incunabula Papers and show that the final stage in legend-trips can renew the entire process.

Keywords:   legend-tripping, Incunabula Papers, past happenings, web forums, narratives, legend complex

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