Tall, Dark, and Loathsome: The Emergence of a Legend Cycle in the Digital Age

  title={Tall, Dark, and Loathsome: The Emergence of a Legend Cycle in the Digital Age},
  author={Andrew Peck},
  journal={Journal of American Folklore},
  pages={333 - 348}
  • Andrew Peck
  • Published 1 July 2015
  • Art
  • Journal of American Folklore
The faceless, tall, eerily long-limbed humanoid clad in a black suit emerged in an online forum as a pair of photoshops and a half-dozen lines of text. Soon, this so-called “Slender Man” began appearing in images, videos, stories, and blogs across the Internet. By sharing, discussing, and commenting on these artifacts using participatory media, users create legendary narratives and audio/visual “evidence” that present researchers with a new kind of digital folk practice. Enabled by the… 

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