TITLE: Newslore: Contemporary Folklore on the Internet
SPEAKER: Russell Frank
EVENT DATE: 2011/08/10
FORMAT: Video + Captions
RUNNING TIME: 58 minutes
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Russell Frank defines newslore as folklore that comments on, and is therefore indecipherable without knowledge of, current events. Newslore takes multiple forms: jokes; urban legends; digitally altered photographs; mock news stories, press releases or interoffice memoranda; parodies of songs, poems, political and commercial advertisements and movie previews and posters; still or animated cartoons and short live-action films. Such material, he argues in his new book Newslore: Contemporary Folklore on the Internet (University Press of Mississippi, 2011), can teach us more about how "ordinary Americans" responded to such events as the September 11, 2001 attacks, Hurricane Katrina, corporate malfeasance scandals, and the deaths of celebrities than we can learn from the news media.
SERIES: Benjamin Botkin Lecture Series