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#241    Night Walker

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 12:13 PM

View PostQuiteContrary, on 08 March 2013 - 04:29 AM, said:

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?

I think that the key is to find the right demographic - ie one with the need for a new bogey-figure.

What is the demographic of Slenderman and why was he the right fit for this niche? Slenderman is a completely internet-driven phenomena - it has not yet reached the wider world of newspaper reports, scholarly reviews, or even popular entertainment (even Slenderman comics appears to be internet-based rather than paper-based).

It would appear that Slenderman's demographic (ie who is most likely to see him) is young urbanised technology-savy fantasy fans and paranormal buffs from industrialised western nations.

The need for such a bogey stems from the lack of suitability from the existing bogey-genre: Bigfoot is for the woods, witches are now legitimately spiritual or religious and no longer scary, ghosts can still be scary (perhaps less so nowadays) but are not sinister and lack physical means to inflict physical torment, demons are exclusively for religious-types (although the Slenderman lore does attempt to establish links with demonology), and aliens are somewhat passe and burdened by the 70 or so years of "nuttiness" from that particular subculture.

A new source of fear was needed by urbanised youths for the ritualised performance of legend-tripping (an important if largely unacknowledged cultural rite of passage) - something that differentiates their generation from those previous generations. Slenderman fits the bill - the right bogey at the right time. Quite literally, Slenderman is a creation of this generation, by this generation, and for this generation.

The proliferation of Slenderman artwork (online) also suggests that he fills an important creative function and this should not be overlooked.

In order to create a new bogey of our own I think we first need to find the right demographic that needs a new bogey (traditional bogeys being unsuitable). Perhaps it may be easier to find a needy demographic and rework an already existing bogey.

Perhaps the UM community already has its own unique bogey which we could breathe new life into in order to make it legendary...

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 05:26 PM

But what is the Question

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 09:47 PM

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Posted 09 March 2013 - 12:14 AM

View PostNight Walker, on 08 March 2013 - 12:13 PM, said:

What is the demographic of Slenderman and why was he the right fit for this niche? Slenderman is a completely internet-driven phenomena - it has not yet reached the wider world of newspaper reports, scholarly reviews, or even popular entertainment (even Slenderman comics appears to be internet-based rather than paper-based).

Slenderman cultural infiltration survey as at 9th of March 2013:

Amazon.com shows a total of 118 listings when searching for "Slenderman"

Books: 34; Paperbacks: 9; Kindle: 25

Slenderman: From Fiction to Fact by Robin S. Swope(Jun 1, 2012) is listed in both Religion & Spirituality and Politics & Social Sciences.
101 Amazing Slenderman Facts by Jack Goldstein and Jimmy Russell(Oct 2, 2012) is Kindle only and also listed in Politics & Social Sciences but is humour/satire.
The remaining titles are listed in various fictional categories.

Kindle Store: 29 - all fictional categories.

Apps for Android: 18

Clothing & Accessories: 23 - including full Slenderrman costumes (large and small) and blank morph masks.

Shoes: 2 - actually full body lycra suits in adult and children sizes

Video Games: 1

MP3 Albums: 3 (1 is not Slenderman related); MP3 Songs: 9

Movies: 3 (1 is not Slenderman related)
Hylo Starring Shannon Maria Jones, Leonard Dozier, Katie Dougherty, et al.(2013)
Windigo(2011)

Sports & Outdoors: 2 - full body lycra suit and a 3-hole ski mask

Toys & Games: 2 - full body lycra suit and a fake arm

Home & Kitchen: 1 - Slenderman poster


Ebay.com shows 182 worldwide results for "Slenderman"

Clothing, Shoes, & Accessories: 137
Home & Garden: 30
Books, Magazines: 5
Collectables: 2
Toys, Hobbies: 4


Movies listed elsewhere on the internet:

Slenderman: The Movie - http://www.slendermanfilm.com/ - not yet released
Entity (2013) - http://theslenderman...iki/ENTITY(2013)
The Slenderman - http://www.officials...ermanmovie.com/
The Tall Man (2012) - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1658837/ - starring Jessica Biel


Will do a similar search in a years time to see how Slendy has progressed...

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Posted 09 March 2013 - 04:40 AM

But I know slenderman is real, 'cuz I saw him in the movie, "Rise of the Guardians"....oh, wait...that was the boogeyman....never mind....

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Posted 09 March 2013 - 04:44 AM

View PostArchimedes, on 08 March 2013 - 05:12 AM, said:

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.
How about, "weight-challenged man" or "lard-challenged man"...hmmm...no, that latter doesn't sound too good, does it?  :whistle:

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Posted 09 March 2013 - 05:27 PM

View PostLesionia, on 04 March 2013 - 03:45 AM, said:

Here is a thought: Because of the tupila effect, it is possible that every detail, every story, and everything we say about this "not true" entity, we are the cause of the problem. Therefore, we ourselves are causing more pain, suffering, people dying, expecally innocent children. So, soon our little brothers, our nieces, our children and those around us will soon be dead. All because we contributed to the tuplia effect.

Please show us even ONE documented death attributed to Slenderman.  Just one.

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 06:15 PM

I posted this in the Urban Legends thread, but maybe it would be more useful here. It's a nice little overview into the Slenderman mythology:

The Slender Man is a constructed myth created at the Something Awful Forums in a thread entitled "Create Paranormal Images" in 2009. It has since transcended into a meme of sorts.

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Posted ImageTokemus, on 04 July 2009 - 11:15 AM, said:

Slender Man just recently appeared on the net. For those of you that haven't heard of it, the whole thing started on somethingawful forums (http://forums.someth...3#post361861415 Slender Man starts on Victor Surge's post and continues on to the last page) and has grabbed the attention of numerous people. Just last month this man (http://www.youtube.c...r/MarbleHornets) posted a mini-series of Slender Man. Even though they're made by an amateur, they catch that creepy feeling that Slender Man offers. The whole thing seems to prey on your primordial fears. The very embodiment of what terrified you as a child, yet seemingly so normal it almost seems like it could be real. Read the entire thread in the somethingawful link, watch the videos by MH, and discuss. Ladies and gentlemen, I think we've found the next big thing in horror.

From http://marblehornets...om/slender-man:

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The Slender Man was the nickname given to a mysterious character seen in the background of several pictures in a SomethingAwful thread. The posts themselves were centered around children, and a certain man with a slender figure in the background of several pictures, sometimes appearing to have long, spindly, tentacle-like extraneous appendages.

The Slender Man was discovered at the Something Awful Forums in a thread centered around photos from a singular fire which killed many children in the 1980s. He is described as wearing a black suit and black hat and as the name suggests, appears very thin and able to stretch his limbs and torso to inhuman lengths in order to induce fear and ensnare his prey. Once his arms are outstretched, his victims are put into something of a hypnotized state, where they are utterly helpless to stop themselves from walking into them.

Whether he absorbs, kills, or mearly takes his victims to an undiclosed location or dimension is also unknown as there are never any bodys or evidence left behind in his wake to deduce a definite conclusion. Not much is known at this time, but his objective and habitat are fairly clearly agreed-upon. He has the need to kidnap children, and is seen right before the disappearance of a child or multiple children. He seems to prefer fog enshrouded streets and wooded areas as a way to conceal himself from being noticed. It should also be noted that children have been able to see him when no other adults in the vicinity could, though adults have also been known to see him at times. Children also have dreams or nightmares concerning The Slender Man before their disappearance. A disputed concept regarding the Slender Man is whether or not he can be seen by those other than his victims—many believe that if you see Slender Man then you are a target or prey, though there is no certain proof of this.

Even though The Slender Man is fairly new in the media, people have already claimed sightings. He appears mostly at night, and most always peering out of wooded areas or near rivers. He has also been reported to peek inside left open windows and to walk out in front of lone motorists on long uninhabited roads. The Slender Man or men, have appeared everywhere from Japan, Norway, and America to name a growing few. He's even made it on Coast to Coast.



There has also been talk that Slender Man is a tulpa. A tulpa is a thoughtform, or being created from the collective thoughts of separate individuals. This comes from the belief in Tibetan Buddhism and Bon that a "being" may be created by a 'psychospiritual' complex of mind, energy or consciousness manifested either consciously or unconsciously, by a sentient being or in concert (wikipedia). Basically, the belief is that Slender Man is a manifestation of mental energy according this theory.

Another theory states that Slender Man is a physical being, not a thoughtform, whose existence and powers are in part reliant on physics and understood science. Since this explanation seeks a physical explanation and not a pseudo-scientific explanation, advocates of this "Quantum Theory" often believe that The Slender Man is a trans-dimensional or perhaps even a fourth dimensional being, capable of moving freely through space-time. Other versions suggest that the Slender Man is a Schrodinger's Cat of sorts, capable of both existing and not existing anywhere in space-time, and choosing to exist where needed.

A third theory asserts that the game creators (which I'll be touching on later) created the tulpa to exist in-game. This is called "Core Theory" and is constantly being tweaked over at Slender Nation. You can read more about it here.

Marble Hornets is an Alternate Reality Game (ARG) based upon the Slender Man mythos. It was the first Slender Man ARG to be created, and set the trend for those that followed, as well as bringing Slender Man to a wider audience. From Slender Man wiki:

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MH gains its name from Alex's film project, Marble Hornets. The early entries in the series are clips from the filming tapes used in creating the Marble Hornets film. Alex ended the project due to seeing Slenderman (known in MH as The Operator) frequently, and handed the tapes over to his friend and MH narrator Jay. Alex told Jay to burn the tapes, but, being a good friend, Jay did not and instead posted them on Youtube. Alex disappeared afterwards.

Early entries consisted of tapes from the Marble Hornets film and of those taken by Alex who obsessively recorded himself in order to capture Slenderman stalking him. Eventually, the entries turn to videos taken by Jay, catalouging his efforts to discover Alex's whereabouts and unravel the mystery surrounding The Operator.  Over time, Jay follows leads to old buildings, former homes, etc, but generally finds little to nothing.

He begins to encounter two figures- Masky, the video series' Proxy, and The Operator itself, who seemingly work together to antagonize Jay and separate him from Alex. Jay continues into the mystery willingly placing himself in danger to find the problem.  Some videos recieve cryptic responses from a separate Youtube channel called totheark, which makes threats, predictions, and statements concerning the ongoings of the entries as they progress.


Link to get you started watching:
https://www.youtube....UI&feature=plcp

Twitter feed for when you catch up:
https://twitter.com/marblehornets

There are also other ARGs out there, here is a partial list of Vlogs:
EverymanHYBRID
TribeTwelve
The Andersen Journals

There are numerous blogs and tumblr's as well.

More links and information:
http://knowyourmeme....mes/slender-man (the best overview IMHO)
http://theslenderman...iki/Slender_Man
http://slendernation.forumotion.com/

Hope that helps!

Edited by BeastieRunner, 11 March 2013 - 06:17 PM.

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