Thursday, 18 July 2013

The spread of a phenomenon

How did all of this happen anyway? I mean, honestly, did anyone expect this? Generally most people answer "no idea" and "no" respectfully to both those questions. I think i'll have to go with everyone else on the second one, but the first, well I can give explaining it a shot can't I? Ok, ok, everyone can accept that this fandom happened because of the come together of a group of amazing and creative people, headed by the one and only Lauren Faust. I guess that's it really, could just end the article here and call it a day! Well, I'm not going to do that, since that would be incredibly boring. Hit up after the break, to see why such an interesting phenomenon came to be!

The thing about the internet is that by it's nature it's very free and open. Throughout all of human society we have never had such communities with such ideologies form the way they do on the internet. The internet has changed our way of life so much, I think this is why we are so protective of it when others try to limit our access. The internet is truly an invention of beauty. It breaks down all forms of cultural divides and provides us with an experience that is hard to find anywhere else.

Let's forget about magical ponies for a second here, and focus on something more important. What does the internet mean to you? How would our lives be different without it?

In my almost ten years on the net I've witnessed so much, the creation of YouTube, the rise of the social networks. It's been a ride that is for sure. A ride that is definitely going to continue to amaze in the years to come. So, how could a show owned by a company in Pawtucket, created by a studio in Canada, become such a world wide success, beloved by fans of all ages? Alright, I know, Hasbro is incredibly rich and has been a world wide leader in the toy market for decades. But that's just a show, that's just a toy line, I am talking the cultural impact, the spread, the phenomenon that is My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.

The internet is responsible for this, it's not really a mystery. The internet has provided countless individuals to express themselves, to have their creations, their art, their imaginations to be seen by thousands and thousands of people from all over the globe. Nevermind the fact that it would have been near impossible for anyone in the UK to have seen the show past half of season one if it wasn't for the net! Probably one of the best examples, let's take the two most famous brony musicians by far. Glaze (Wooden Toaster) and The Living Tombstone. Neither of them are even American, Glaze is from Yorkshire, UK and the Tomb is from Israel. If that doesn't show the abolishment of cultural divides I don't know what will.

I know this fandom might not be perfect and I know many may disagree with me using the term phenomenon. But, to those I say this: take a look over the past few years, where we've came. Something that most people will see as trivial, as silly and childish. We've taken a simple love of a cartoon and made it into something truly unforgettable.

I, for one, am proud to be a brony. I hope you all are as well.

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