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“Lurkmore.ru” vs. “Wikipedia” = “informally” vs. “formally”?

In the article two fundamentally different varieties of well-known in the modern Russian-language Internet genre of anonymous collective encyclopedia – Russian Wikipedia and Lurkmore.ru – have been discussed. Originally created as a carnival, a postmodern parody of Wikipedia, Lurkmore.ru develops some new traits, such as judgmental subjectivity, arising from the desire of authors to demonstrate not only their creativity, but also sincerity, courage and freedom.

But the main feature of Lurkmore.ru, according to the author, appears to be informality. This characteristic is

considered by the author as genre-forming and has been associated with traditional typological characteristics of Russian culture, such as informality and personality.

Through the prism of these characteristics two aspects of text structure of encyclopedia Lurkmore.ru have been discussed: evaluative features (including the contents of specific rating scales) and language features (such as intertextuality, which stems, on the one hand, from the stories of Japanese fairy tale anime, whose fans were the first authors of Lurkmore.ru, and on the other, from the conditionality Lurkmore.ru by genre features of imageboards, whose participants are almost all these authors).

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