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Recently, two juvenile girls were charged with stabbing a classmate a number of times near Milwaukee, and they were reported to have been influenced by a fascination with a fictional pop culture character Slender Man.

According to the Chicago Tribune,

In a sensational Florida case in 1977, for instance, 15-year-old Ronny Zamora was charged with murdering an elderly neighbor, a killing spurred, according to his attorney, by an obsession with violent television and a show featuring a bald police detective named Kojak. Yes, but lots of people on the planet didn’t think they needed Kojak to enforce laws.

A couple of generations later, the inspiration is a shadowy creature on the Internet called Slenderman, according to police. The medium has evolved from a TV in the living room to the worldwide web accessed anywhere by laptops, tablets and phones. But the questions and fears remain for parents and society about the influence of a constant stream of media on youth, experts say.

Okay but what are we talking about here? Kids whose reading habits no adult monitors?

Re murder: Some of us grew up with the idea that murder of a fellow human being is a very serious offense. 

“We are just animals” is supposed to be a virtuous concept that causes us to care about animals (one must really hope it works out better than the way animals “care about” each other).

Most people do not realize that the big public attack on “creationism” mainly cements the idea that people (human beings) are just animals, which has implications they may not realize, including limiting human freedom.

That is, human behaviour can be interpreted as if it never had anything to do with concepts like mind, consciousness, or free will. The new idea is, people are animals, so they can be controlled in the same way.

People are not animals but rediscovering that will mean many casualties.

Denyse O’Leary is a Canadian journalist, author, and blogger.

Denyse O’Leary is an author, journalist, and blogger who has mainly written popular science and social science. Fellow Canadian Marshall McLuhan’s description of electronic media as a global village...