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Urban Legends Uncovered

An Investigation into the Truth Behind the Myths

By (author) Mark Barber
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Summersdale Publishers, Chichester, United Kingdom
Published: 8th Jan 2007
Dimensions: w 128mm h 198mm d 20mm
Weight: 301g
ISBN-10: 1840245549
ISBN-13: 9781840245547
Barcode No: 9781840245547
Synopsis
Are urban legends no more than harmless tales of modern folklore, or is there something more sinister lurking beneath the surface? "Urban Legends Uncovered" investigates to reveal the truth behind the legends. From campfire classics that send shivers down the spine to the paranoia that followed the events of 9\11, this compelling book takes us through hundreds of chilling stories from Classic Horror, Crime and Netlore. Analysis of each legend looks at how it originated and what effect it has had. Marvel at how the creators of "The Blair Witch Project" used the power of urban legends as a clever marketing tool, and how Churchill and Hitler used urban legends in their wartime propaganda campaigns to play mind games with each other. Learn how urban legends are manufactured to target large corporations such as Microsoft and McDonalds, and how hoax e-mails and computer viruses have almost brought businesses and governments to their knees. How and why do urban legends exist? Have they been created or manipulated for political, propaganda, or marketing reasons? Don't let a good story stand in the way of the truth!

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