Caveat Lector: Fake news as folklore

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We are awash in words and images that sound and look like real news, but are not. This article considers certain kinds of fake news as a genre of digital folklore and attempts to sort out the differences among fake news hoaxes, pranks, satires, and parodies. It offers examples of each and tries to show how fake news functions as folk political commentary or folk media criticism.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)315-332
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of American Folklore
Issue number509
StatePublished - Jun 1 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Cultural Studies
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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