© 2021 Cincinnati Public Radio
purple_waveback6.png
Connecting You to a World of Ideas
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations
Education

What's Fake News Got to Do With Folklore? WKU Professor Explores Connections in New Article

President Donald Trump made "fake news" a internationally-known term during the 2016 presidential campaign.
President Donald Trump made "fake news" a internationally-known term during the 2016 presidential campaign.
President Donald Trump made "fake news" a internationally-known term during the 2016 presidential campaign.
Credit Creative Commons/Gage Skidmore
President Donald Trump made "fake news" a internationally-known term during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Some researchers from Western Kentucky University are taking a unique perspective on the phenomenon known as “fake news.”

Editors of the Journal of American Folklore, currently based in the Department of Folk Studies and Anthropology at WKU, have dedicated the latest issue of the publication to the topic of fake news.

WKU Professor Timothy Evans said the term means different things to different people.WKU Folk Studies Prof. Timothy Evans speaks to Kevin Willis about taking the perspective of a folklorist when considering the subject of fake news.

“But from the point of view of a folklorist, fake news overlaps with many topics that have been studied by folklorists for a long time—things like legends, urban legends, rumor, conspiracy theories—things of that kind,” Evans said.

Evans authored an article about the so-called “Bowling Green Massacre” that appears in the Journal of American Folklore issue about fake news.

You can hear Evans talk more about looking at fake news through the perspective of a folklorist by clicking on the Listen button above.

Copyright 2018 WKU Public Radio