cyburban myth
n. A mainstream media story about the Internet that has little or no basis in fact.

Example Citations:
Indecency on the Internet is a case of what Mike Godwin of the Electronic Frontier Foundation calls a “Cyburban Myth” — there is no real problem.
—Hal Berghel, “The Communications Decency Act, Informal Logic and the Wapnerization of Cyberspace,” Hal Berghel‘s Digital Village, May 5, 1997

We may note that many of the newly appearing “virtual concepts” have undergone certain myhtologization, having been classed by collective “virtual” mind as cyburban myths (this word combination was formed by blending the preexistent notion “urban myth” with the productive “virtual” affix cyber-, which fact denotes the interdependence of the VIRTUAL REALITY existence and the urban, end-of-the-century civilization).
—Rusudan Makhachashvili, “Linguophilosophic Parameters of English Innovations in Technosphere,” Cambridge Scholars Publishing, July 17, 2013

Earliest Citation:
Cyburban Myths
A term coined by the EFF‘s Mike Godwin to describe media stories about the Net that have little basis in fact. Articles linking a surge of “dangerous information“ on the Net and terrorism would be one example. Stories about the rise of cybergangs would be another.
—Gareth Branwyn, “Jargon Watch,” Wired, April 1, 1997

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