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Lecture 4

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Simon Fraser University
CMNS 110
Gary Mc Carron

CMNS 110 – Week 4 Readings Legends on the Net by Jan Fernback How does oral folklore exist on the internet? Specifically urban legends. Legends and folktales usually have something to do with culture, and maintaining cultural identity. It usually has something to do with people breaking away from tradition and then something bad happens. Urban legends can spread rapidly on the internet and may affect businesses, etc. Legends are universal, and remind us of the fragility of the human existence. CONTEMPORARY ORAL CULTURES While the oral tradition remains vibrant, it is nonetheless subordinate to the literate tradition. The ultimate intellectual or truthful authority in contemporary literate societies is the printed word (Goody, 1992) Secondary Orality (Ong) – re-emergence of oral character in communication that represents a blend of literate, oral, and electronic cultures in contemporary discourse - Generates a sense for groups immeasurably larger than those of primary culture – McLuhan called it a “global village” Tannen (1987) finds that orality and literacy are not dichotomous, but entwined in ways that allow the reader/hearer can use spoken and written storytelling to connect him/herself to the culture at large Cyberspace contains its own form of community – communities that transcend time and space The textual interface and the lack of face-to-face interaction in cyberspace demands that we recognize the limitations of CMC as a medium of orality _____________________________________________________________________________________ How is the Ku Klux Klan like a group of real-estate agents? By Steven D. Levitt, et al. Ku Klux Klan – multi-state terrorist organization - “Kuklux” is Greek for “circle” - Concerned itself with colored people, Catholics, Jews, communists, unionists, immigrants, agitators, and other disruptors off the status quo - Group whose power depended on the fact that it hoarded information.. if the information f
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