Children and young people are likely to know about either of these popular Netflix releases through other people (e.g. family, friends, peers, etc.) talking about them, news outlets reporting on them, and social media mentions.
Hashtags referencing both are in the top trending topics on TikTok and Instagram. A slew of video reviews for Blonde have begun to appear, with some showing specific scenes the viewer found disturbing. There has also been a trend of young people filming their reactions after seeing the real polaroid photographs Dahmer took of his victims (Dexerto, 2022). The comments advise others not to look at the photos – but also provide details for where they are located online.
Due to their controversial nature, Blonde and Dahmer have been mentioned heavily online, with dramatic headlines (e.g. Users have to switch off Blonde after 20 minutes!) encouraging people to read an article or watch a video. This widespread popularity means algorithms are likely to show users content from the film/series and could continue to show them more if they seem interested.
As both are ‘based on true events’, there is also a danger of children and young people searching for further details online. Google search interest in ‘Jeffrey Dahmer’ went from 0-100 in the UK over the last two weeks of September 2022, with ‘Marilyn Monroe’ presenting similar results.