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Basically, it's my opinion on the Slenderman phenomenon.v Remember to comment, like, or/and subscribe!

Submitted: August 06, 2012

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Submitted: August 06, 2012



So, I've been researching this thing called Slenderman. For those of you who are familiar with the situation, you know his other names: Der Ritter, the Operator, or just the man in black. Slenderman, as most people believe, is a creation of the Internet itself. The consensus shows he's clad in a black suit with a black/red tie. He has no face or hair and sometimes described with a hat. Victims are felled by tentacles grown from his back. Also, it is believed he has telekinetic powers, able to turn people into minions, and stretch to any size. Others have suggested he is perhaps an omniscient, as in he can see the past and future, time-traveler. That last one is still debated. In times before ours, rumors and legends were passed orally. Today, myths still exist and are more potent and powerful because of the infectious speed of which they travel. A photoshop competition on SomethingAwful is where most people have decided Slenderman was "born." But I tell you this is only the point of entry into the modern canon of mythology. When I was younger, monsters and such fascinated me with an obsessive pull. I was addicted to Greek cyclopes, Christian devils, Japanese demons, Native American spirits, European werewolves and vampires, Hebrew golems, and American ghosts. I read more about these creatures, both malignant and benign, than any other child my age has. Slenderman appeared. I learned of a suited man with apparition-like sightings. Today, he's depicted being a much more frightening and violent being. Slenderman appears, some believe, in Egyptian times with a similar lanky, many-limbed description. Later, Slenderman is depicted in German woodcuts looking as he always had. Then, parents warned children he will eat them if they ran away and into the woods. This resonates with today's assumption that he only targets children. The early American version came about in the 1950s and 1980s. Also, coincidentally, the era of the Cold War. People in suits often connote a rather dark, "area-51" vibe. Witnesses described him as an FBI-type character who showed up at their door with a request to enter "for an interview". Those who've granted him access tell that several hours are held unaccounted for, no one stood at the door, or he would stand outside and around the windows until you let him in the house. All these match today's stories. Today, Slenderman is said to stalk children under 16 and is connected to their disappearances. The reason I believe as to why he is feared is simply because the unknown is daunting. Other mythological creatures are reputed killers, consuming their victims. Slenderman's prey's fate is unknown. No one knows what happens after he finds you. Shrouded in a heavy fog of mystery, Slenderman is a pure representation of the unknown. Vampires can't stand in sunlight, werewolves hate silver, witches can't cross water, and demons are deterred by holy artifacts. Slenderman, apparently, has no weakness. This is another source of unease. It can't be killed or even fought. A popular theory is Slenderman is powered by one's imagination. People are terrified of this because Slenderman has made his way onto the Internet where millions of people read about him and start to believe in him thus empowering him. So is he real? Yes. And no. To me, he is not. I don't allow him to be. I'm going to tell everyone who has seen him that they are the problem. Don't try to fight him. Just convince yourself he is not real. Slenderman is simply the sum of your fear. I have to admit, the more I think about it, the more he hides the shadows. Even branches are terrifying in this dangerous state of mind. Paranoia is a word used lightly nowadays. It's used too often. The word they should use is self-aware. When shit gets too sketchy, things don't add up, and you find yourself in an inner conflict over what's real, THAT, my friends, is paranoia. In conclusion, Slenderman is not a thing but a phenomenon. The state under which one finds themselves at the mercy of their own fear. So the next time Slenderman stands at your window with his deathly stillness, just remember: it's all in your head, which means that wall won't hold him back.

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