sees his opinion was requested
Ha ha, apparently I’m one of the KYM intelligencia! I knew it was only a matter of time until you bitches were able to recognize my genius for what it is and put me on the list with the other smart KYM users where I belong with the likes of Verbose, and Opspe, and…
sees Twins is on the same list
Eh ya, a bit late to the party on this one, but I think I can still contribute something.
1: Bullying and Drama
Look, one of the downsides of fandoms is that they’re made up of humans, which means that it’s statistically inevitable that you’re going to get some assholes in the mix. Frankly, I don’t even understand the writer’s point that assholes are somehow a threat to the fandom. What do Scientology, the Westboro baptist church, and anonymous all have in common? They’re predominately made up of assholes and have been made stronger for it. Genghis Khan founded an entire empire on the concept of “Hey, if we’re assholes to the rest of the world, we won’t have time to fight amongst ourselves!” All I’m saying is don’t underestimate the power of hate to bind a people together. They don’t call it “Prick-stick” for nothing.
In any case, I don’t even think our asshole level has reached critical mass yet. By and large, we’re still pretty nice to each other.
2: Big names keeping their distance
I don’t even know who these big names are. Talk to me when Lauren Faust, Tara Strong, and John de Lancie have started filing restraining orders as opposed to making documentaries about us. Moving on.
3: No more news stuff
Okay, let’s assume for the sake of argument that the mainstream media doesn’t care about us anymore. What potential new members are we missing because the news doesn’t talk about us? Is all that is keeping my nutjob conservative grandmother from attending the next bronycon is that O’Reilly hasn’t told her the tale about the colorful equines that could yet? Look, potential bronies are not going to be watching the mainstream news, they’re going to be lurking on the internet, where we still have as strong a stranglehold as ever.
4: Fewer Newbies
Ya, I think she kind of has a point here. I mean, obviously our exponential growth couldn’t have been maintained. If it had, we would probably have about 20 billion bronies by the year 2030. I do think our period of exponential growth might have been cut short by the long wait however. I mean, we were rolling in season 2, and that perpetual motion came to something of an artificial halt with the the drought. It’ll be interesting to see if Season 3 can’t get the ball rolling again, but I don’t think it will, and the fact that it’s a half season will really hurt. By the time we get to season 4, I think any chance of bringing back that fire to the fandom will be long gone.
Still, that’s just how fandoms work. It is a little sad that ours is aging artificially fast though.
5: Loss of Founding Values
I have a lot to say on this one, but my computer’s battery says I better keep it short. Basically, the cool thing about this fandom is that we are, I think, a pretty kindly lot. It’s hard to be a bunch of jerk asses when you are conglomerating around a show like mlp. I don’t see the fandom ever devolving the way the author says it has because I don’t think a bunch of jerk asses would really enjoy the show anymore.
So ya, fandom isn’t dead. Dying perhaps, but aren’t we all?