Gregory Hansen is Professor of Folklore & English at Arkansas State University, where he also teaches in the Heritage Studies Doctoral Program and coordinates the annual Delta Symposium. His major publications include A Florida Fiddler: The Life and Times of Richard Seaman and various video and computer applications to folklore studies.
Legendary figures and other forms of folklore need to be understood in relation to the vast configuring of social relationships and structures that are part of cultural expression. As the efficacy of these mediating structures erode, individuals lose the influences from the values of a wide range of groups. Here, the idea of a cyberspace community is really an illusion.