Internet Memes as Folklore

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Internet Memes as Folklore
Binder, Anna
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Folk culture ( jstor )
Folklore ( jstor )
Internet ( jstor )
Transponders ( jstor )
Undergraduate Honors Thesis


The question presented was to assess whether people perceive the possibility of modern folklore. Assuming the Internet is a culture, it therefore has to have a form of folklore [interpreted as memes]. A survey was released through multiple online mediums to better understand if the idea could have merit. Since the internet is a fairly new culture, it has not had enough time to reach the generational aspect people associate with folklore. The expected finding was that people would see no correlation between memes and folklore, but when asked to define both terms, results would reveal some similarities in the definitions. The results showed that the previous supposition was correct. A majority of responders failed to appreciate the interrelationship between memes and folklore, in spite of giving the same root definitions to the two terms. ( en )
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Awarded Bachelor of Arts; Graduated December 20, 2011 magna cum laude. Major: Anthropology
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Advisor(s): Dr. James Davidson
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College/School: College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
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Legacy honors title: Only abstract available from former Honors Program sponsored database.

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