Digital Thunderdome: Performing Identity and Creating Community in a Facebook World

John E. Price


This essay presents an online community in the context of the larger performance of digital identity that has become somewhat common in recent years. Through applying folkloristic methodologies, the paper examines the creation and evolution of a new community that pushes traditional understandings of how folk groups are conceptualized and analyzed. As shown here, the digital community exists in a hybridized and fractured limbo, yet is still bound by the premodern rules of folkloric boundaries that folklorists have studied and identified for generations.


Facebook; community; internet; folk group; performance; social media

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