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Ponies A Meme?

Posted by Lyichir , Mar 05 2012 · 118 views

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It seems that as soon as Takuma Nuva changed his name to Equinophobia and declared a fear of ponies, all the anti-bronies have been coming out of the woodwork. I'm not blaming Takuma for this, as his comments have been hilarious. What isn't is the proliferation of members replying with "This. I've been waiting for this meme to die" and other such comments.

It does the fans of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic a disservice to dismiss the entire thing as a meme. Does it have memetic aspects? Yes. Has it spawned memes? Yes. Do some "fans" treat it solely as such? Yes again.

But there's aspects of this show that defy the bounds of traditional memes. There is no thriving community for fans of Chuck Norris jokes. There's very few artists who specialize in Nyan Cat models. Like it or not, My Little Pony is more than a meme. It's a fandom, built around a series that continues to entertain with smart humor, detailed art, and colorful characters and stories. And as fandoms go, it tends to be one of the most welcoming and positive I've seen anywhere on the web. So keep on waiting if you expect it to run its course like most memes do. The MLP fandom is here to stay.

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Black Six changed Takuma Nuva's name, FTR.

Also, I wrote up a bunch on this in some other blog, so I'll find that. Simply put, it's more than a meme, but its spread and origins are surely memetic.

Here we are:

Two definitions of the different types of memes:

A meme is "an idea, behavior or style that spreads from person to person within a culture." A meme acts as a unit for carrying cultural ideas, symbols or practices, which can be transmitted from one mind to another through writing, speech, gestures, rituals or other imitable phenomena.


The term "Internet meme" is used to describe a concept that spreads via the Internet.


Important bits boldface and some stuff cut out; emphasis mine. Basically, my point is that a meme is not just a bandwagon that people jump on to. So, obviously, FiM (the show) is not a meme; no one would ever think that!

However, one can see how certain people believe that being a brony or fan of FiM in general is rather memetic. They first heard of it being good through people on the Internet commenting about it and then confused people talking about an idea (the way memes spread) with something being a meme. Now, being a fan of MLP is rather like a concept, and it clearly spreads through the Internet. (I first heard of FiM through a media-discussion website that I frequent.)

Is being a brony a behavior? Sure. Is, "MLP: FiM is a good show" an idea? Yes. Does it spread due to people talking about it? Not exactly. A meme like "but then I took an arrow to the knee" can spread through discussion alone. Liking something simply can't. People seem to think that people just hear discussion about FiM and say, "Well, I'll be a brony now." That's the issue--with people who know what memes actually are. Others just say, "I saw it on the Internets; it's a meme." Simply comparing MLP to other shows or books or toys doesn't mean as much to either group.

It's only the most rigid interpretation of the concept of memes that makes being a fan of MLP into one. And, by extension, it means that being a fan of anything and the very concept of fanaticism are also both memes.

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It's just a show, but the brony movement is a meme. And the fandom isn't a "meme", to clarify, but the "movement".

Gosh, I feel like I'm being so vague and stupid.
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Wait, are all the staff forced to have these phobia names?
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Wait, are all the staff forced to have these phobia names?

Yes.

Because tyranny.
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Electric Turahk
Mar 05 2012 07:01 PM
Those that didn't volunteer a name would be given one, yes. (Unless there wasn't any warning at all, then all were just given one - either way, it's all-or-nothing.)
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Wait, are all the staff forced to have these phobia names?

Yes.Because tyranny.


No, because of the #s.
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Since when has the MLP fandom not been called a meme?
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@Sumiki
Well that's.. Dumb. How long will it last?
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Burnmad: Toa of Emoticons
Mar 05 2012 08:59 PM
Those people, I like to say, are their own worst enemies: Their opinion is that it's bad to have an opinion.

- :burnmad:
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@Sumiki
Well that's.. Dumb. How long will it last?

I'm not sure how you're unfamiliar with these things. Staff name changes have definitely been going around in the times since you joined. This is just another one of those week or so long gags of theirs.
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@everyone
In my comment I called it dumb. I would have changed that immediately, but no editing on mobile.
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