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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Televison: When the Lines of Fantasy Blur

Fear washed over the twelve-year-old while her two BFF's forced her to lay on the forest floor face up. It smelled earthy and felt damp. She glanced up as her heart pounded against her chest. Sara knew something bad was about to happen.

The morning sunlight filtered through the tree tops while her friends paced back and forth. They even argued.

Sara thought about escaping but she lay between them, one each side of her.

 The taller girl pulled a big knife out of her backpack and handed it to the shorter one. "Just go crazy!" Anna hollered. "Go ballistic!"

Chloe took it from her, bent over her BFF laying on the ground and stabbed the knife into her flesh. Blood spurted out of her friend. It intoxicated her and she went into a frenzy,  plunging and pulling the weapon out of the girl. It had to be done. She and Anna had to prove themselves to Slender Man.

My last several posts have been on television and the toxic messages we unwittingly take in as we watch. This past Friday night, I watched 20/20. It was about a twelve-year-old girl who was stabbed several times by her best friends.

While they didn't get the idea to kill their friend via the TV, they got the idea from a fictional character, named Slender Man,  from the internet.

Who is Slender Man?
  • The Slender Man is a fictional supernatural character that originated as an Internet meme created by Something Awful forums user Eric Knudsen in 2009. It is depicted as resembling a thin, unnaturally tall man with a blank and usually featureless face, wearing a black suit. Stories of the Slender Man commonly feature him stalking, abducting or traumatizing people; particularly children. The Slender Man is not confined to a single narrative, but appears in many disparate works of fiction, mostly composed online.
    The Slender Man is a fictional supernatural character that originated as an Internet meme created by Something Awful forums user Eric Knudsen in 2009. It is depicted as resembling a thin, unnaturally tall man with a blank and usually featureless face, wearing a black suit. Stories of the Slender Man commonly feature him stalking, abducti…
  • en.wikipedia.org ·


                                               Here is their story:
 
Here is the survivor's story:
 
 
I was shocked when I heard the story, but it didn't surprise me. No one can tell me that any form of media isn't a danger. Our minds are precious so are our souls. Especially our children's.
 
Hope everyone has a great week!
 
Hugs and chocolate, all!
Shelly

26 comments:

  1. I'll second William. It's actually hard to read, for many reasons. My brain can't wrap around such thinking. I don't understand it. And that poor little girl... Actually all the girls. What happened to motivate the other two to do such a thing? #sighs

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    1. I don't think anyone understands this. But I do know we all need to be aware of the sickness and/or demons that come to visit us via any forms of media. We're all victims of choice here.

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  2. That is some crazy stuff!!! What in the heck is going on with the kids in this world today? :(

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    1. Not enough parental control. Most parents are too caught up in their own personal world.

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  3. I remember when that happened. Scary they got that obsessed over a story.

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    1. Very scary. Parents really need to pay attention.

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  4. No, parents don't supervise their childrens viewing or reading as closely as they should. It's all make believe, they think, what's the harm?.The harm is that young kids have trouble distinguishing fantasy and reality. Cause and effect. Especially little kids. In the animated shows the good guys take some bad hits but get up. That doesn't always happen in real life. Shows tend to kind of gloss over dead is dead. See enough violence and murder even adults become innured.

    I used to get a lot of grief over the fact that there were shows and especially animated shows I wouldn't let my son watch. "oh, c'mon Sia, it's just cartoons. DragonBallZ and similar shows were off limits to my son when he was little. Too much anger--they were always angry--too much violence. Sorry, they were't just cartoons.

    Sia McKye Over Coffee

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  5. I can't criticize too much. I learned to read at age 3 because of TV. So did Collin. I think those who think things they see on TV are real must be individuals who had mental issues to start with.

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    1. Hi, Norma:

      Come to find out one of the peeps did have hard time distinguishing fact from fiction. She has proven issues.

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  6. I remember people being upset that Bugs Bunny and the Road Runner etc. were all considered too brutal/violent for children to watch. That was my generation. I would hate to see what children are watching now that makes them this crazy.
    Chocolate Hugs!

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    1. Check out Slender Man. He will surprise you.

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  7. When this happened I was amzed and not in a good way.
    Really I don't know why people have children. It is obvious they don't want them. They expect the state to raise them and the government to feed them. They are to concerned by their phones, games and TV to care for them. Then they scream not my fault when something like this happens. They need to get their heads out of their butts and take care of their kids. Watch them see what they are doing. Spend time with them. Or don't have them.

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. I had 5 daughters to raise and felt quilty over the fact that I had to raise them by myself. Felt guilty that I ha to work 2 jobs. But I was on top of things as best I could. But I also know that sometimes they hide things from you. Teens are very clever.

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    2. But I agree with you. If you don't want or can't take care of a child, don't have any. Same with pets.

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  8. I've only recently learned about slender man. With two young daughters and ever-increasing technology, these things disturb me!

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    1. And ditto on what angryparsnip said!!

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    2. Keep your daughters close. It's a wicked world out there.

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  9. I remember when this case was first in the news and I just couldn't believe it. One of the most disturbing and frightening things I've ever seen or read.

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  10. That's frightening that two little girls are capable of doing that. The Slender Man may have influenced them, but they were already unstable if they were capable of doing that.

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  11. I challenge you to write about what happens in your own backyard. Dropping your 5 year-old off a bridge to her death would be a good start. This other crap has been hashed over. Impress me...I dare you.

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  12. It's Russ...and you do a fine job on my hair. :)

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  13. They were talking about this on a talk radio show the other day. It's a disturbing story and so weird. There is some kind of scary disconnect here that makes me fearful for our future generations.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Tossing It Out

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