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Nonfiction November 2017 – Become an Expert: Folklore in the Digital Age

Nonfiction November 2017 Info

Week 3: (Nov. 13 to 17) – Kim @ Sophisticated Dorkiness: Be The Expert/Ask the Expert/Become the Expert: Three ways to join in this week! You can either share 3 or more books on a single topic that you have read and can recommend (be the expert), you can put the call out for good nonfiction on a specific topic that you have been dying to read (ask the expert), or you can create your own list of books on a topic that you’d like to read (become the expert).

I had been mulling over a what topic I might want for becoming an expert and I hadn’t come up with anything really juicy…until a happy coincidence this morning. The folks at Just a Story podcast linked to this thread on Twitter:

Here are my top three picks from the thread to get started on the subject of Folklore in the Digital Age:

Folklore and the Internet: Vernacular Expression in a Digital World Putting the Supernatural in Its Place: Folklore, the Hypermodern, and the Ethereal The Folkloresque: Reframing Folklore in a Popular Culture World

Anyone have any recommendations? (Great books about folklore in general would be welcome too!)


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10 thoughts on “Nonfiction November 2017 – Become an Expert: Folklore in the Digital Age

    1. I’ve been listening to podcasts like Just a Story and Monster Talk and they’ve occasionally touched on the new urban legends that have popped up in the internet age. There’s some discussion about whether that’s folklore (or can become folklore?). It’s an interesting little area.

  1. Wow, these look interesting. Folklore is a not a topic I’ve ever really explored. I don’t know of any books to recommend, but “Folklore” is a great progressive rock song (and album) by Big Big Train. I don’t know your taste in music, but you might like it:

    We tell our tales, we sing our songs
    While we have breath left in our lungs

    Heigh-ho so we go we pass it on
    We hand it down-o

    We pass it on down
    To the young from the old
    We feel it deep down in the soul

    1. That *is* a good song!

      …Hmm, now I’m thinking about (in an totally uneducated way since I haven’t read my list of books yet) whether the difference between folklore and urban legend is one is passed “to the young from the old” and the other originates with the young…

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