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#226    JesseCuster

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Posted 05 March 2013 - 07:12 PM

These can't all be fake, can they?

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The answer is yes.

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Posted 05 March 2013 - 07:49 PM

Slender Man is no match for Considerable Man!


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Posted 06 March 2013 - 02:10 AM

OMG!

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The Operator is out there.  Everywhere.

Edited by Archimedes, 06 March 2013 - 02:10 AM.

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 05:53 AM

the operator? what is that about?


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Posted 06 March 2013 - 09:04 AM

View PostLesionia, on 06 March 2013 - 05:53 AM, said:

the operator? what is that about?
Another name for Slender Man. I've also heard him called the Administrator like he's some sort of weird inter-dimensional bureaucrat.

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Operator symbol and graffiti.  Some people say the operator symbol helps keep him away.  Some say it attracts him.  Some say he is capricious and cruel and toys with people who think symbols mean anything to him.

Edited by Archimedes, 06 March 2013 - 09:06 AM.

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 04:23 AM

The slenderman myth is a good one...I must admit. But seriously, the people who believe that slenderman exists need to take a dose of reality. He's not real, however, this could make for an interesting paper about myths and legends for those who might be studying myths and legends in school.

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 04:31 AM

The Slenderman phenomenon is interesting because it allows those of us not inclined to believe insane stories to watch the creation of a folktale. I'm sure that situations such as this have happened many times in the course of human history. Someone creates an idea that scares someone else. That person tells the story, who tells it to someone else, and so on. Eventually the story loses context, someone takes it for reality, and "sees" the thing. Then, reports come in on the validity of the claim (entirely fabricated), and a legend is born.

Is Slenderman real? Of course not. He's still a great story, a great invention, and a fascinating phenomenon to observe.

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 08:46 PM

View PostPodo, on 07 March 2013 - 04:31 AM, said:

The Slenderman phenomenon is interesting because it allows those of us not inclined to believe insane stories to watch the creation of a folktale.

I am still pushing my 'Considerable Man' myth.
He dresses all in black to make himself look slimmer.
He has a fat face, fat body, fat limbs, and he chases you for a very short time.


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Posted 07 March 2013 - 10:03 PM

Hmm...

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 10:22 PM

View Postacute alan, on 07 March 2013 - 08:46 PM, said:

I am still pushing my 'Considerable Man' myth.
He dresses all in black to make himself look slimmer.
He has a fat face, fat body, fat limbs, and he chases you for a very short time.

And he could hang out at people's houses and eat all their food when they are not there. Then watch their tv and leave it on after he leaves someone's house.

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 10:38 PM

Could Considerable Man conceivably become Slender Man and vise versa?
It's only a matter of diet and exercise.
Maybe then you'd get Yo-Yo Man.


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Posted 08 March 2013 - 02:26 AM

View PostR4z3rsPar4d0x, on 05 March 2013 - 05:08 PM, said:

Im down for that, where do we start?

This is unchartered territory - there are no set guidelines for creating a legend so the best we can do is to try to understand how this one (and others) took hold. So in the tradition of paranormal research lets just make it up as we go along and see what happens. However we should be aware that the very act of openly discussing how to create a legend may be detrimental to the process of actually creating one. But if we perhaps learn something and have some fun whilst doing so then it won't be a complete waste of time.

Can the demographic that Slenderman appeals to be identified?
What is the appeal of Slenderman? (ie What is his particular market niche?)
What are Slenderman's similarities to other bogey-figures?
What are the differences to other bogey-figures?

Here's my take:

Imagery and symbolism are imporatant in that they give form to ambiguity.

Slenderman is a man (never a woman) so that generally stresses parental authority and discipline (rather than nurturing and caring). Similarly he always appears in a black suit and tie which again stresses a very formal authority. Most people live in city and suburban areas so the formation of a bogey-figure in formal attire is completely appropriate.

Authority can be very scary in itself in that it dictates codes of behaviour (laws), modes of acceptable thought (morals and science), and has the ability to reprimand and punish at its own whim. In effect, authority can legitimately do terrible things to you (take you away from your loved ones, condemn you to Hell, inflict pain, and even take your life) which creates feelings of fear and helplessness. The alternate terms for Slenderman - Administrator and Operator - again suggest bureaucratic authority and planned procedural efficiency as key themes.

Slenderman is depicted with long and sometimes multiple insect-like arms or alternatively tentacles which signifies a great reach (nowhere to hide) and the all-pervasive touch of corruption - literally the long-arm-of-the-law (power of authority) and the tentacles-of-crime (power of outlaw) there is nowhere that is safe. Furthermore the combination of human features with insect- or cephalopod-features (two orders of animals which in themselves are traditional sources of fear and are so widely alien from the familiar mammilian-experience) creates a very unsettling and unreconcilable image.

I could keep going but I am content to get the ball rolling and invite the perceptions and interpretations of others...

Edited by Night Walker, 08 March 2013 - 02:26 AM.

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 04:29 AM

Wow, Night Walker! I now believer in him just from your detailed psychological profile of Slender Man's persona.
Excellent ball roll! :tsu:

Further, about this new myth be created "in situ":
I'd like to know where he is likely to be seen.
Who is most likely to see him?
Why does he appear to some? Does he foretell of something?

Edited by QuiteContrary, 08 March 2013 - 04:34 AM.


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Posted 08 March 2013 - 05:12 AM

You know what...

I can imagine a new Internet urban myth called 'Considerable Man' or 'Fat Man' or '<insert euphemism for fat here> Man'.

Look out for 'blob man' or 'fat man' or 'considerable man' or '<whatever> man' in the near future.

Boink.

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 10:59 AM

View PostArchimedes, on 07 March 2013 - 10:03 PM, said:

Hmm...

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OMG!!!
Irrefutable evidence of Considerable Man!

Good work, Archimedes. :tu:






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