Middle class internet horror

What sort of stuff scares suburban Americans these days? A lot at some freaky websites and videos. But don’t worry, nothing is too scary.

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  1. The first thing that came to mind for me was Secure Contain Protect stories, which are supposedly reports from the monolithic SCP Foundation on the paranormal phenomena which it contains and studies. It's definitely somehow connected to the desire for orderliness, and in a way it's more about middle class thrift, diligence, sobriety, fidelity, procedure, and orderliness triumphing over the worst the universe has to offer, although you always get the sense that the Foundation's control is extremely tenuous which adds back some of that anxious feeling that it all hangs by a thread as JJ also observed.

  2. Something I noticed a lot about American horror cinema compared to other countries is that in the United States the fear of the unknown moslty manifiest itself as the fear that marginalizing solves nothing. What do I mean? Popular American horror cliches like hillbilly cannibals, Native American curses, evil cults, secret experiments escaping and etc all came from this idea that Americans don't solve their problems, just put them away were they can't be seen, and the anxiety of those problems actually becoming stronger in those forgothen dark corners (even Freddie Kruger's origin story is about how the lynching of a serial killer and the subsecuent cover-up of it actually made everything worse).
    That's why I think Stephen King is so successfull, most of these stories are about people abandoning the safe space of cities or suburban neighborhoods and paying the price, but in King's work there's no safe places, a haunted hotel can be on the far away mountains or in the freaking middle of New York, in those books you're always one bad step away for falling into the eternal horrors that lie beneath ordinary reality and that makes the best of them great and the worst of them still interesting

  3. Dispair codes sound like a mix between the 70s "fnords" (words that we are conditioned to fear to the point that our subconscious inmediately erases the memories of them being in a text, but still leave us distressed) and the "cognitohazzards" (ideas that is dangerous to know, not because there's dangerous people wanting to keep them secret or because it put us on a pat towards opposing the stablished order, but because jus thinking about it will damage our minds or make us a targed for supernatural forces) … fascinating

  4. I think there is this huge fear in superstition particularly. A lot of us are super gullible and if somebody tells us something, then we are wondering about it all day, thinking if there is even a slight chance that it might be true (at least that's my thought process). This causes an unnerving feeling and proceeds to make us feel threatened. I think a good track is "Track 13" by Queen in displaying this. The track is quite eerie and very, very long for a track (being 22-23 minutes long) and the number "13" known for being an evil and unlucky number, being present in the name creates this feeling of unease and like it is some sort of terrifying curse or something along those lines.

  5. Pyrocynical's 'Petscop' video very much feeds into the creepy video game thing. An game you can't win with no purpose, deliberately strange.

    The original videos it relates to are in fact just a stunt, and the video game isn't real. It's just made to shock, a point you addressed.

  6. another entry in the world famous series of videos called "out of touch 30 something middle class man from north america attempts to cope with the fact he grew up in a sterile suburban environment completely devoid of culture by calling putting neon on shit and making spooky VHS tapes art", oh boy
    i hope this time you also dodge any and all criticism of the arguments you bring up and instead engage in a giant circlejerk with other suburbanites in the comments

  7. One thing I remember from Philosophy Class was wondering if the trope of Machine Uprising is a coded fear of Worker Revolution, namely fears of the Proletariat being transcribed onto machines, the whole as soon as they gain awareness they will overthrow us, (after studying ICT this became less convincing, also Blade Runner's way of distinguishing Replicants is rubbish as you can program emotional responses (as that follows the input – process – output model of mind), really the best way to tell is asking something like 'would you like an orange?' multiple times, a computer brain doesn't get context and so will follow the process of 'would you like an orange?' whether you've asked once or 1000 times) but it seems a useful way of venting fear of a working class.

    Funnily enough I'm autistic and can relate, although I wonder if some of these things that creep people out through having no reason, apparent purpose or contravene order are less effective on Libertarian people, we don't particularly like being forced into boxes and can find excessive order with no tangible good to be stifling. So to answer Bertrand Russell's question 'If you had a friend who believed that there was a silver teapot orbiting around Mars, that light passes through, that cannot be picked up with RADAR, is invisible to Infrared and is completely undetectable, would you let him believe in such a tea pot?' [sorry about the assumed gender I was trying to quote Bertrand exactly to convey his point of view] my answer is 'yeah, why not, they seem happy enough and aren't hurting anyone else, so what's the fuss'.

    While writing that paragraph I wondered if some more of these 'Culture War' clashes are in fact stemming from these insecurities. Hence why people somehow need to justify themselves believing something different to their fellows or even not fitting the various definitions other people lay out.

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  8. I sadly don't remember where I saw it; I think it's a video on YouTube. It's someone who hears a weird sound (of which can be creepy to some people) behind a door, and when the door opens, it goes quiet. – I would love to find that video, since it's weirdly creepy to me.

  9. Miss Shaye St. John , on YouTube, bizarre imagery and repetitive nonsense actions and also Lasagna Cat, where a man has been inexplicably recreating every Garfield comic strip, for no apparent reason.
    While one is disturbing and one is mildly amusing, both exist for some reason that it is difficult to discern considering the amount of work that clearly has gone into making both of their extensive channels.

  10. Nope. Not American at all. I'm from a Transylvanian Hungarian lower-middle class family, I live basically on the other side of the world, I never even stepped foot in an English speaking country, yet I 100% get these (and have been previously exposed to them).

  11. There's a number of really good found footage style ARGs out there, including Jack Torrence and Local58. However, the absolute best has to be Marble Hornets, just based on originality and it being one of the first.

    I also really appreciate some of the Adult Swim backed horror material that imitates that internet style, such as Unedited Footage of a Bear and This House Has People in it.

  12. Lost media come to my mind immediately. Things are so well documented today that the idea that something could be lost or unidentified becomes creepy. "The Evil Farming Game" is a great example of supposedly lost media that never existed in the first place.

  13. I'm really happy about this vid. I love that creepypasta horror vibe (nosleep podcast, SCP, gemini home entertainment, slenderman stuff, etc.), it really works on me and I want to know more about why…this is a good start.

    don't forget all the bands that lean on this ascetic! Death Grips, blackhandpath, cybergrind stuff, etc.

    i never was a "gamer", but the hauted video game cartridges stuff scares me. the haunted Godzilla game thing freaks me out a TON. the 'older' the imagined game is the better, I was born in the 80s, so anything thats supposed to be a haunted game from when I was a child/would have been playing the game goes right to the scared child subsection of my mind…..

  14. I live a middle class life, and I am guilty of some of these irrational fears, although I realize that some people around me hold these more closely and less consciously. I feel like the consciousness behind this disposition is very important because it means we could start to actively try to work against it.

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