Traditional Legends in a Digital Age

Last week, I participated to the Annual Meeting of the American Folklore Society i Miami, Florida. My paper, co-authored with my colleague from Gothenburg Fredrik Skott, discussed examples of legends in social media. See abstract below!


Traditional Legends in a Digital Age: Easter Witches and Sámi Ogres in Social Media.
This paper discusses in what ways social media can be an arena for folk narratives and for research on traditional legends, based on recent instances of storytelling events and motifs on Facebook: “Party på Blåkulla,” an invitation to take part in a virtual witches’ Sabbath on Facebook and how the ogre Stállu, the evil enemy in Sámi traditional storytelling, reemerges as a motif in the Facebook pages of protest groups against the mining industry. We suggest that folkloristics can contribute to new insights in the understanding of digital culture through the study of core concepts in our field: tradition, context, and communication.


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