Building a Legend: The 'Skinny' on the Slender Man
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Yarish, Brendon. "Building a Legend: The 'Skinny' on the Slender Man." Paper presented at the Graduate Students Research Colloquium, University of Winnipeg, 2013.
This paper explores folklorist Richard Dorson's distinction between folklore and 'fakelore'—that is, folklore-like material that has been created deliberately and mass-disseminated, often for monetary or ideological purposes. Framed by 'the Slender Man,' a legend-like figure that has been circulating since 2009, the author demonstrates that the distinction between folklore and fakelore is not as clear-cut as it once was, and argues that the digital age may require a shift in folklore terminology.