Please note people: With any social analysis comes both acceptance and rejection. Many of you will feel that this is all complete crap, doesn't represent anything accurately and the like. If you do feel this way, please realize I am only one person and never got a degree in this. If you harbor these sentiments, then I beg of you to post your feedback which you believe will improve my analysis. Thank you for your cooperation.
Very confusing, but thanks anyway.
Your analysis is very eye opening thank you
Cool to see that there are new ones out now too since I last visited. Gonna have to check those out now too.
Really, what it comes down to is that the show itself is alright, and the fans like it. That's all that really needs to be said on the matter. You like the show? Alright, good for you; there's no need to toss together some overly contrived thing that can pretty much be true to ALL fandoms, not just My Little Pony.
I will agree that the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic cartoon is good. However, in the long run, it really is generic when combined with all the other cartoons out there. Many cartoons have good characterizations and stories at hand. Friendship is Magic is not unique at all and is merely a fish in the pond.
There's really no analysis here, just someone trying to defend their love of a show by doing something that can be applied to just about anything out there.
I do congratulate you in taking so much time to put this together, because it likely wasn't all that easy, and it was some hours of your time that you gave up in order to do this. That's dedication to something you like, and there's nothing wrong with that.
All I really see here, though, is a chart of the various sections of a fanbase to the show, which honestly could be achieved without relying on 'professors' from some site that's brony specific. You could basically use this with just about anything else and it could be done.
All that's being proven here is that there are, like anybody could tell you, numerous kinds of people. You could just as easily change it to something about Pokemon and it'd work.
Thank you for making me cry. I haven't done that in too long. I'm definitely in the "unhappy" group.
I've been putting off reading these for a long time. They are overall fairly well written, but I prefer the two-panel one.
FiM is not the only work of art to help people. Some reader feedback on the back of "Hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy" says it helped some really depressed people too, but I don't know, I never understood much of it. It simply doesn't seem to make much sense. I also remember reading that "Avatar", the 2009 film worked like that for some people too, but it was in the context of them not willing to deal with their bleak lives any more and preferring to fantasize about Pandora. Or something like that, I'm probably not making much sense.
1. Yes it is just another good show, but one that has sparked a fandom which no one in good sense can not see as bizarre. There are plenty of fandoms based off of shows, but for the most part their formation is easily explainable and the fandoms are there just for the sake of the viewer-show connection. My purpose is attempting to understand how THIS fandom became what it is, why it spawned from such an odd source, and why it's affecting people the way it is. No other fandom teaches its followers a concrete moral code like this one: Love and Tolerance... Why is this. And why do people follow it so devotedly? That is what I am attempting to explain in part.
2. In order to explain just the people in the fandom, I attempted to explain everything from the macro to micro. That way people who are in no way familiar with the show or fandom would have a solid base to work off of if they were to view this analysis. Additionally, it is important to note that this fandom (like most others) owes its existence to the simple fact that the show is good. That's the purpose of the Show Traits section.
3. "You could basically use this with just about anything else and it could be done." Of course. And there are plenty of other fandoms which deserve a bit more looking beneath the hood so to speak. But the fact is I wanted to do this with the Bronies.
4. You're obviously an intelligent person, so apparently "obvious" conclusions probably seem that way to you. But I've gotten feedback from a large number of people who tell me that they never thought about the fandom this way. That they never considered the connections between the fans and the individual characters in depth. The information and analyses I present in this flowchart are meant to expand peoples' powers of consideration, making them think. Yes this could be done with other fandoms, but I did it with this one, so why does that matter haha?
5. The point of working with professors is that they have gathered statistical data from over 2,000 survey takers which can give us insights into the specific demographics of the Bronies, thus possibly explaining even more about why different types of people are drawn to this show and its following.
It's hard to really get my motivations across concisely here unfortunately, as there are so many different elements that play into this. But essentially I am trying to make a few key points:
- The fandom follows a show designed for individuals of single-digit age, so the fact that 15-30 year olds enjoy it is cause for analysis.
- I've seen palpable effects of the community on individual Bronies in profound ways. Suicides prevented, lives changed, outlooks on life improved, etc. I have source material I can post here if you want it but I have to dig it out of earlier comments. I have not seen a Trekkie post a story of how watching Star Trek with a terminally ill child helped her overcome her fear of death yet, or anything similar. That is the real impact I'm investigating.
- My bias as a Brony is of course unfortunate, but nearly impossible to avoid. Now that I have completed my revised analysis, looking back on this version I see how badly I let it slip in in far too many places.
- I also have direct feedback from many members of the professional psychological community on the East and West coasts, asking questions of the elements of the fandom and asking for elaboration on various areas. So, I like to think that if they see merit in it then it has some intrinsic worth and significance.
I hope I've answered everything you brought up. I really appreciate your feedback, and I'd like to get yours on the revision as well when I post it this weekend. Have a great weekend!
Well by femininity I am referring to its concentration. It's 100% female-focused. The human antagonist, female. All of the ponies, female. The villains, almost all female. At least in MLP:FiM there is RD the tomboy as well as some male sub-main characters.
you could cut the number of words in half and not arbitrarily draw lines between every paragraph and it would be better. by a little bit. and where is your research i have literally seen more academic integrity at a middle school science fair
also worth mentioning that your writing makes bronys sound like creepy sperg shut-ins to normal people. just sayin
And research... this is a problem you have stumbled upon. There is no research! Brony Study is currently the only source for scientific data collected and analyzed on the Brony community. I am working with the professors over there now to improve my analysis and help them in their own. They are on the outside of the car looking in, and I am on the inside of the car looking out. We're both describing a car but through differing perspectives. So, my "research" is purely based upon my experiences with the Brony community through the past 11 months or so.
Of course, it is your opinion that they come across as "sperg" shut-ins. You obviously have a preconceived bias and opinion of the Brony group that causes you to err to the opinion of social ineptitude when considering them.