posted on Jun, 4 2014 @ 04:35 PM
a reply to: WhiteAlice
Yes, I think the sickness of our age is too much information. There are so many narratives and stories coming at us from every direction, Slenderman
Man is just one in a million. Or maybe one in a thousand to be fair, there is a limit to how many stories we can even get. In the old days, you would
just listen to a storyteller who happened to come to your village. Even if you were an aristocrat, in the center of power and culture, you had a
limited scope of what was going on in the world, compared to us. Every town had it's own guy who told stories and stuff. Now there are a few guys who
tell all our stories. We are not adapted to knowing of everything, everywhere.
But now, everything interesting is instantly available. And everything sickening as well. The only thing holding it back is social decorum. And I
think this effects us in ways we can't even imagine. But I'm getting off topic here, kind of.
The point is that in the old days society had control of these stories, to a greater degree. The stories described reality... now we are saying the
stories create reality. Well, I guess both are true. But I don't think this one Slender Man-story has that much relevance. In medieval times, people
believed in demons. Did it make them kill people? Not without some other reason, I think. They had to have some other reason to hate or be insane,
even in ancient times.
Still, now every teen is connected with every other teen and these stories spread like wildfire. And then someone is stabbed and the media catches on
to this and suddenly everyone talks about it. It's hard to say for certain that creepypasta had nothing to do with it. But I think it is obvious that
other things had much more to do with it, like bullying, sexualisation of violence, insanity etc. etc.
But easy answers sell. And creepypasta is the easy answer, simply because the media can link to a creepypasta site. They cannot link to the human
mind. They cannot link to the education system of a nation. They cannot link to the gosh-darned mind and heart of a twelve year old child.
on 4-6-2014 by Subnatural because: Edited to remove obscenity.