I put this in trend since its discussing a meme called creepy pasta. So I thought it fit here. Now on to what I was going to discuss.
Now there was a story about two idiot girls who killed their best friend believing they would become proxies to Slenderman. Now we all know that no matter what we are into there is always going to be idiots who go and ruin it for everyone. What I find more irritating is these people were not even intelligent enough to get the joke. Now creepy pasta came about because of something written about Edd Ed and Eddy. It was kind of like a conspiracy theory that overgeneralized Edd Ed and Eddy.
Basically it said that there was more to Edd Edd and Eddy and that they were all representations of ghosts in limbo. Now originally when this was posted everyone was inflamed saying "Are you really stupid enough to believe this is what Edd Ed and Eddy is about?" Months later the creator of the original post came back to respond to the post. Which he apparently posted thinking no one would actually ever read it.
He explained to everyone that it was a joke, that he did it for a psychology project and wanted a reason to write about his favorite cartoon, and he did not actually believe anything he wrote. So after this everyone was like "Hey thats pretty funny and really creative". So eventually people started making up stories based on other characters like rugruts, conspiracy thoerys, original character stories, horror stories and urban legends and this all fell under the meme which they named "Creepy Pasta". Yes, we all know it sounds like haunted noodles.
However a lot of these stories no one actually takes seriously(Even when the readers are pretending it is serious), we just think its funny to pretend and make up stories that we can all listen to. Clearly though idiots will always ruin everything. Stupid is a plague the world is forced to live with. However we cant really blame it on a single trend, since the people who ruin these things are just dysfunctional. This stuff happens again and again and what it often results in restrictions on people who are not stupid and innocent people getting hurt. Now saying these kids are crazy is far far too kind. Yet we dont anything about stupid, we just shrug and say "Stupid does as stupid does".
A lot of people who read conspiracy theories think the creators of them are just crazy. The reason Creepy Pasta is actually fun is that we are basically laughing at the concept of conspiracy theories and are trying to see how much more absurd we can makes our own theories. Now while one could argue that conspiracy might exist, or some of them do happen. A lot of people have ideas like "Obama is secretly the devil come to poison your coffee" and its just like REALLY? Do you REALLY believe that? The likely hood of Obama being the Devil who wants to poison coffee is really far fetched and terribly unrealistic.
I think perhaps we should teach critical thinking to people at a young age, since the fact that anyone on this planet is really dumb enough to think anyone who writes this stuff is serious needs serious help.