Between the Cracks of History: Essays on Teaching and Illustrating Folklore

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Folklore
Fieldwork
on the Internet:
Some Ethical and
Practical Considerations

Jan Roush

For the past decade traffic on the Internet has increased dramatically, connecting most of the modern world and allowing participants to transact business and share ideas about art, literature, and science, all in a relatively few minutes. Originally conceived in the United States during the 1960s by people in the field of computers who experimented with linking computers to each other and to people through telephone hook-ups, by the close of the 1970s such links had been extended to other countries, tying the world together in a web-like computer environment. In the 1980s this network, now known as the Internet, expanded at a phenomenal rate, a rate that in the 1990s has become exponential; some estimates now measure the increased volume of messages sent through the “Net” at over twenty percent a month. In

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