Of Internet born: idolatry, the Slender Man meme, and the feminization of digital spaces

@article{Maddox2018OfIB,
  title={Of Internet born: idolatry, the Slender Man meme, and the feminization of digital spaces},
  author={Jessica Maddox},
  journal={Feminist Media Studies},
  year={2018},
  volume={18},
  pages={235 - 248}
}
Abstract This paper examines 96 US and British Commonwealth articles on the 2014 Wisconsin Slender Man stabbing. Using critical textual analysis, this study examined how media took a horror-themed meme from the underbelly of the Internet and curated a moral panic, once the meme was thrust into the international limelight. Because memes are a particular intersection of images and technology, media made sense of this meme-inspired attack in three ways: (1) through an idolatrous tone that played… 

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