52 episodes

Digital Folklore is an immersive audio adventure that takes place inside a fictional universe, but explores the real-world truths behind various expressions of internet culture and how each holds up a mirror to the society from which they emerge.

This podcast is great for audio fiction fans who really really want to enjoy interview-based shows, or for listeners who love expert interviews and insights but long for something unique and unexpected.

Join Perry Carpenter and Mason Amadeus as they explore the wild and wonderful world of online folklore, encountering a wide range of characters—both real and fictional—who provide a wealth of folkloric insight while simultaneously creating new lore. With topics ranging from the absurd to the unsettling, the Digital Folklore podcast is an accessible and entertaining way to learn about folkloric concepts and societal truths. Oh...and be sure to listen carefully—you never know what you might find.

Digital Folklore Realm

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.4 • 121 Ratings

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Digital Folklore is an immersive audio adventure that takes place inside a fictional universe, but explores the real-world truths behind various expressions of internet culture and how each holds up a mirror to the society from which they emerge.

This podcast is great for audio fiction fans who really really want to enjoy interview-based shows, or for listeners who love expert interviews and insights but long for something unique and unexpected.

Join Perry Carpenter and Mason Amadeus as they explore the wild and wonderful world of online folklore, encountering a wide range of characters—both real and fictional—who provide a wealth of folkloric insight while simultaneously creating new lore. With topics ranging from the absurd to the unsettling, the Digital Folklore podcast is an accessible and entertaining way to learn about folkloric concepts and societal truths. Oh...and be sure to listen carefully—you never know what you might find.

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    • 1 min
    Dr. Andrew Peck | Unplugged

    Dr. Andrew Peck | Unplugged

    Unplugged episodes are where we ditch all the fancy production and story elements and bring you the raw (or slightly edited) interviews with folklore experts.
    On today’s episode, Mason & Perry got to speak with Andrew Peck. This was a very special interview for us because it ties all the way back to the ending lines of season 1 episode 1. If it’s been a while since you’ve listened to that episode, you may have forgotten that we ended with a quote from Andrew’s paper: Tall, Dark, and Loathsome: The Emergence of a Legend Cycle in the Digital Age. And that was the perfect way to move into the rest of the season. 
    After that episode, Andrew was kind enough to reach out to us with some very encouraging words. That validation, right after our first episode, was incredibly encouraging.
    So it was an honor to be able to bring Andrew on the show in episode 7 of Season 2. … and he blew us away with his acting and how “all in” he was in the role we wrote for him. If you haven’t yet listened to that episode, you’ll want to add it to your list.
    Ok, let’s get unplugged…
    Guest:
    Dr. Andrew Peck (University Profile)

    Additional Resources (Books are Amazon Associates Links to help support the show)


    Digital Legend and Belief: The Slender Man, Folklore, and the Media, by Andrew Peck


    Folklore and Social Media, edited by Andrew Peck and Trevor J. Blank

    Journal Article -- Tall, Dark, and Loathsome: The Emergence of a Legend Cycle in the Digital Age, by Andrew Peck

    Journal Article: A Problem of Amplification: Folklore and Fake News in the Age of Social Media, by Andrew Peck

    Digital Folklore Season 2, Episode 7: If Memory Serves (Mandela Effect, Folk Trust, & AI)

    Folkwise Interview with Andrew


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    • 44 min
    After the Episode | S2E10 (No-clipping Reality)

    After the Episode | S2E10 (No-clipping Reality)

    Perry & Mason catch up after the production of Season Two!
    Alas, Perry's audio track suffered some stuttering - but the gang reconvenes to debrief after a chaotic and wonderful adventure.
    Things we mentioned:

    How chaotically this episode came together, and we hint vaguely about a bunch of really cool stuff we almost did - and will be doing in the future.

    Some insight into details of the season's production, sound design, writing, etc.

    Mason brings up the "Dead Internet Theory" which he didn't clarify is a conspiracy theory, but at the heart of it is an idea that he felt compelling - that the noise of AI-generated content drives us farther apart online and into less accessible spaces.

    Some of our discord members share their favorite examples of liminal spaces!

    Somebody asked us if Gen Z was gonna be alright.


    Episode editing help by Matt Bliss of MBPod.
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    • 51 min
    No-Clipping Reality (Liminal Spaces & Possibility)

    No-Clipping Reality (Liminal Spaces & Possibility)

    No-Clipping Reality (Liminal Spaces & Possibility)
    Out of the frying pan, and into the... backrooms, I guess? Welcome to the final episode of Digital Folklore's second season! We hope you've enjoyed the ride so far. Perry and Mason wander through endless, yellow, dank, decrepit hallways. Will they find Digby? Will Todd find them? What's going on? Where do we go from here? I don't know, I just write the shownotes.
    Speaking of writing the shownotes -
    Hey, if you're reading this - please join our Discord! Genuinely, it's a really rewarding place full of great folks - and we feel strongly about building a supportive community around our shared nerdiness. There's plenty of room for you!

    In This Episode:

    Voices from our discord community!

    The return of the famous Carterhaugh Twins*!

    Uncomfortably wet sound design (Mason says "you're welcome")

    Why transitions, waiting time, and all those other pockets of not-quite-doing-something-time are important.

    Rituals, fairytales, creepiness, light hearted joy, and so much more.


    *they're not actually twins, Daisy just got us saying that lol

    Guests:

    Dr Brittany Warman & Dr Sara Cleto:  Founders of the Carterhaugh School of Folklore & The Fantastic! They're incredible, and you should check out their work!

    Featuring voice acting from:


    Hannah Wright of Inn Between* as NEWSCASTER 2



    Brooke Jennett of THIRTEEN as Digby (and one of the newscasters!)


    Rich Daigle of Mouth Almighty as Todd



    *Mason plays the character Larkin in Season 5 of Inn Between!

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    • 44 min
    After the Episode | S2E9 (Unwrapping our Presence)

    After the Episode | S2E9 (Unwrapping our Presence)

    Perry & Mason catch up after the production of the last episode!
    Things we mentioned:

    Perry & Mason discuss their most/least favorite emoji, their favorite contemporary legends, and their own embarrassing browser histories!

    Todd is real, and cursed Mason's editing computer.

    Mason reveals that he owns PregnantSonic.com, which points to the patreon page for the excellent audio drama podcast Inn Between (which Mason is a character on in the current season!)

    Perry retells an upsetting legend to Mason.

    Matt did some silly sound design in this one 👀

    Listener messages and shout outs!


    Episode editing by Matt Bliss of MBPod.
    If you want to find the extra clips and BTS snippets, join our Discord server using the link below!
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    • 35 min
    Unwrapping Our Presence (Folklorist Favorites)

    Unwrapping Our Presence (Folklorist Favorites)

    Unwrapping Our Presence (Folklorist Favorites)
    Trapped by local small business owner, Todd, the gang attempts a daring escape. However, the fabric of this reality seems to be unraveling around them. Will they escape? Is this how they ended up driving off a cliff? Is Digby going to set off on his own, or stick with the crew? Tune in for all the answers - or perhaps, just more questions.

    In This Episode:

    Several familiar voices from season two, all together!

    Folklorists' favorite (and least favorite) emoji.

    Uncomfortable browsing history.

    Extreme supernatural happenings. (Super-nappenings?)

    Retellings of a few contemporary legends.


    Guests:


    Josh Chapdelaine:  Co-Founder and Head of Production at Digital Void, an internet literacies collective focused on how new and digital media affects humans. Josh is also Associate Director of the Media Studies MA program at CUNY Queens College, where he also teaches podcasting, social media, and propaganda.


    Joel Best, professor of sociology and criminal justice at the University of Delaware; author of Halloween Sadism: The Evidence



    Elizabeth (Libby) Tucker, distinguished service professor of English at Binghamton University.


    Daisy Ahlstone, creator of Folkwise.


    Dr. Kristina Downs, Executive Director at the Texas Folklore Society and Assistant Professor at Tarleton State University, host of Crime Lore.


    Dr Cassandra Pfeifer, author, educator, and folklorist.


    Featuring voice acting from:


    Brooke Jennett of THIRTEEN as Digby



    Rich Daigle of Mouth Almighty as Todd



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    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
121 Ratings

121 Ratings

Mysteries & True Crime! ,

Love it!!!

Just found this from my other fave, American Hysteria.

Drox1987 ,

Brilliant!

Love this show, just found it and it aligns with all my interests, the intersection of tech, folklore, and myth!

maxined93 ,

Best of Both Worlds!

I love educational cultural analysis podcasts and well-produced audio fiction, and Digital Folklore is the best of both! Especially in the second season, the blend of informational interviews and overarching story is exciting and engaging. We really need this information, too—on AI, conspiracy theories, and their impact on our society. A great way to discuss these topics with everyone from your kids to your crazy uncle—but also enjoyable in its own right!

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