Smart phones, tablets, Facebook, Twitter, and wireless Internet
connections are the latest technologies to have become entrenched
in our culture. Although traditionalists have argued that
computer-mediated communication and cyberspace are incongruent with
the study of folklore, Trevor J. Blank sees the digital world as
fully capable of generating, transmitting, performing, and
archiving vernacular culture. Folklore in the Digital Age documents
the emergent cultural scenes and expressive folkloric
communications made possible by digital "new media"
New media is changing the ways in which people learn, share,
participate, and engage with others as they adopt technologies to
complement and supplement traditional means of vernacular
expression. But behavioral and structural overlap in many folkloric
forms exists between on- and offline, and emerging patterns in
digital rhetoric mimic the dynamics of previously documented
folkloric forms, invoking familiar social or behavior customs,
linguistic inflections, and symbolic gestures.
Folklore in the Digital Age provides insights and
perspectives on the myriad ways in which folk culture manifests in
the digital age and contributes to our greater understanding of
vernacular expression in our ever-changing technological
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