#1 By: Rob Beschizza, January 7th, 2014 11:14
#2 By: Fascinoma, January 7th, 2014 12:01
Going? Shouldn't it be past tense?
#3 By: Anthony Vicari, January 7th, 2014 12:18
I object to the idea that Slender Man is the first open-source monster. Wouldn't essentially all traditional monsters fall into that category? Trolls, ogres, vampires, succubi, strangers poisoning Halloween candy?
#4 By: Tobin Lathrop, January 7th, 2014 12:52
I originally parsed that as horror shaped noodles. Cthulu noodles, it's whats for dinner!
#5 By: BlindWanderer, January 7th, 2014 16:31
This article inspired me to turn the ghost story I wrote meta (it will probably be a few months before it's done).
#6 By: Ian 'Cat' Vincent, January 8th, 2014 18:15
I'm the guy quoted in the article who made the remark about Slenderman as 'the first open-source monster'. I take your point to a degree re. other folk creatures, but the 2 aspects which make Slendy's origin unique and worth describing as such comes down to two factors:
Unlike the other folk monsters, Slendy's creation was a conscious, collaborative, networked process which anyone who wished to could join in - pretty much the definition of open-source as an approach. (A part of Will's interview with me covered how the forums which gently police the canon for each 'pasta bears a striking similarity to the kind of "cocktail party rules" Hakim Bey uses to describe the internal decision-making structures of Temporary Autonomous Zones.That's a very open-source solution to the problem.)
Secondly, it was the first one created after the term was coined! (Though I see that as a minor aspect, honestly.)
Thanks for commenting.
#7 By: Anthony Vicari, January 8th, 2014 18:57
Thanks for clearing that up! Makes sense.
#8 By: Rob Beschizza, January 12th, 2014 11:14
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