No Way of Knowing: Crime, Urban Legends, and the Internet

Synopsis

This book examines both 'old media' treatment of crime legends: news reports, fictional film and television depictions, as well as 'new media' interactive discussions of them: versions and discussions circulating in Internet newsgroups and via electronic mail lists. It examines rumors in the electronic age, with an eye towards a social context vastly changed from the height of rumor research in the mid-twentieth century.