Fractured Folk: Surfing for Folklore Frameworks in the Face of Science, Cyber-Anxieties and the Techno-Apocalypse
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[ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT AUTHOR'S REQUEST.] The framework of this thesis breaks down a few specific examples of select paradigm shifts that occur when traditional models of folklore studies are both applied to and reconsidered in tandem with 21st century technologies. The overall encompassing idea that I have laid out here – to map, question and ultimately embrace the transformative state of folklore and folklife in the wake of the cybernetic future– is certainly the foundation for a much larger project. However, in the following chapters I have done what I could to tentatively embark and humbly follow the likes of John Foley, Alan Dundes, Trevor Blank, and other folklore scholars who have begun to trail the path of the digital folk through the liminal land of cyberspace: a land of folk and machine, tradition and innovation, legend, lore and binary coding.
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