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BHNL Podcast: Teletextlore

Ceefax Holidays on TV! Pic by Wayne Dearden
Ceefax Holidays on TV! Pic by Wayne Dearden

There is netlore. There is Faxlore. So can there be teletextlore?

In this episode of the Byte High No Limit Podcast, Carl and Dan discuss what might constitute “teletextlore” – a type of folklore incorporating urban legends, stories and artworks that surround the medium of teletext.

The idea for this discussion is borrowed from the Netlore Podcast, who published an episode on Faxlore in April 2023. There is a rich and storied history of material shared via facsimile, which the author thinks should be much more well-known… so pass it on, pass it on!

Access Carl’s BHNL Podcast at Apple Podcasts and Podbean.

This episode is taken from the Teletext Sofa Club livestream, 12th May 2023.




0:00 Intro music by Mr Nissness
2:40 Faxlore: faxbombing, samizdat
11:45 Can there be teletextlore?
14:30 Rituals, superstitions and rumours
21:20 Cheating at Bamboozle! Music by Wayne Dearden
25:00 Hoaxes: Ceefax Holidays and remix culture
29:00 Language: Mega-Zine, Digitiser
34:00 Stuart N Hardy: Teletext letter-writer extraordinaire
39:20 Teletext doesn’t quite fit?
43:35 Social hierarchies
49:05 Cultural artifacts: artworks and icons
53:30 Hidden codes: teletext hacked?
56:00 Steganography: Doctor Who secret teletext message

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Teletext artist and head mad scientist at the UK Teletext Art Research Lab (TARL). | hello [at] teletextart (dot) co *dot* uk |

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