ANOTHER knife attack linked to Slender Man: Mother claims her disturbed daughter, 13, stabbed her after becoming obsessed with creepy horror character (the Slender Man). Ohio mother says her daughter was wearing a white mask when she slashed her face and knifed her in the back.The 13-year-old wrote about and drew demons, and even created an online world for Slender Man in MineCraft
Anissa Weier and Morgan Geyser, two 12-year-olds from Wisconsin, charged with stabbing classmate 19 times as tribute to Slender Man
Killings are becoming an increasingly media event, an event itself divined by movies that people might try to emulate. (Nolan’s Batman movies to Natural Born Killers.) Thus there’s even a hint of the Aurora shootings, and all the creepy conspiracy theories that were spun off it like an ARG gone totally wrong.
All of these media blitz spree killings are great material for some alarmist “we have to stop this now” drum banging. The problem with that is that it completely misses the role folklore and myth have always played in how we make sense of the world. It’s opportunism, plain and simple, when the real problem is what’s looking in the mirror.
As individuals we all present a kind of funhouse mirror of the culture that we’ve gestated in. Thus instead of looking outward to point blame the best we can do is look inward. “The fault, dear Brutus, is not in a our stars…” This calls to mind Zizek’s psychological decoding of the Abu Ghraib incidents,
The theatricality leads us to the crux of the matter. To anyone acquainted with the reality of the American way of life, the photos brought to mind the obscene underside of the U.S. popular culture – say, the initiatory rituals of torture and humiliation one has to undergo to be accepted into a closed community. Similar photos appear at regular intervals in the U.S. press after some scandal explodes at an Army base of high school campus, when such rituals went overboard. … The torture at Abu Ghraib was thus not simply a case of American arrogance toward a Third World people. In being submitted to the humiliating tortures, the Iraqi prisoners were effectively initiated into American culture: They got a taste of the culture’s obscene underside that forms the necessary supplement to the public values of personal dignity, democracy and freedom. No wonder, then, the ritualistic humiliation of Iraqi prisoners was not an isolated case but part of a widespread practice.