Folklore’s Cybernetic Imaginary, or, Unpacking the Obvious

@article{Dorst2016FolkloresCI,
  title={Folklore’s Cybernetic Imaginary, or, Unpacking the Obvious},
  author={John D. Dorst},
  journal={Journal of American Folklore},
  year={2016},
  volume={129},
  pages={127 - 145}
}
  • John D. Dorst
  • Published 2016
  • Sociology
  • Journal of American Folklore
  • This essay attempts to unpack a core principle of folklore’s “field-Imaginary.” Characterized here as a cybernetic Ideal, folklorists take for granted that the folklore process entails a tension between mechanisms of randomizing variation and counter forces of stabilizing constraint, leading to some form of dynamic equilibrium. The argument is not that this foundational idea is wrong, but that the simple form in which we receive it from the field-Imaginary limits what we recognize as relevant… CONTINUE READING
    4 Citations

    Figures from this paper.

    References

    SHOWING 1-10 OF 35 REFERENCES
    Taking the Dawkins Challenge, or, The Dark Side of the Meme
    • 10
    The Dynamics of Folklore
    • 216
    Luhmann Explained: From Souls to Systems
    • 122
    American Studies Without Tears, or What Does America Want?
    • 4
    Introduction to Systems Theory
    • 159
    Lenin and Philosophy and Other Essays
    • 3,269