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Introduction:

  1. fried rat found --------- Kentucky Fried Chicken?
  2. Urban legends not new phenomenon.
  3. studied
  4. In order to better understand this phenomenon, let me explain what an urban legend is and what purpose it serves in our society.

(Transition: First, let me explain what urban legends are.)

Body:

I.
Urban legends - spread - word of mouth, - widespread, - involve acts of violence or tragedy.

A. word of mouth.

1.Friend of a Friend (FOAF)
2.Usually not recorded
3.Quote from Brunvand (1992) about word of mouth(on separate card)

B. widespread.

1. Occur throughout the country
2. Situation may change slightly
3. Appear in newspapers (quote from
Smith, 1998) (on card)

C. frequently - acts of violence or tragedy.

1. Murder, "harmless" pranks, etc.
2. Psychological harm
3. Tragedy

(Transition: Now that you know what we are dealing with, you are probably wondering why these stories exist.)

II. four main functions.

A. teach a lesson

1. Quote from Brunvand(1992) (on card)
2. Examples
a. Example of stranger in the backseat
b. Example of light flasher
c. Example of the kidney heist

B. discuss - fears in a non- threatening way.

C. opportunity to have villains and heroes.
1. Quote from Smith (1998) (card)
2. Examples
a. AIDS Mary
b. Stranger in the house

D. traditional entertainment--story telling.

(Transition: So obviously there are some fairly important reasons for the existence of these stories.)


Conclusion:


I. To summarize, urban legends are stories which are spread by word of mouth, are widespread, and frequently involve violence or tragedy. They also serve 4 main functions: teaching lessons, allowing discussion of fears, allowing discussion of villains and heroes, and provide entertainment.

II. After this, I hope you’ll never react to the Kentucky Fried Rat story the same way!


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