Scientific Community Recognizes Bronies. If you tl;dr then I couldn't care less. You miss out on an awesome article. I only used portions of the article. The fu
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Scientific Community Recognizes Bronies

 
Scientific Community Recognizes Bronies. If you tl;dr then I couldn't care less. You miss out on an awesome article. I only used portions of the article. The fu

If you tl;dr then I couldn't care less. You miss out on an awesome article. I only used portions of the article. The full one can be found in the link below.
www.dailydot.com/society/bronies-brony-my-little-pony-study/

Researchers strive to
understand bony culture
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Last summer, Dr. Patrick Edwards had never heard of bronies, the teenage and adult fans of My
Little Pony: F is Magic.
That is, until his son Will "came out" to him as one.
Now bronies have attracted the attention of the scientific
lib" Little Pony‘ fans stoic in . Sparked by Will' s big reveal, psychiatrist Edwards
DI Sire and Dr. Marsha Redden, are in the midst of
Mi Ii In l E Hi Em . the brenn ' s first professional survey, called simply
Irony Study.
Edwards, who teaches undergraduate psychology at Wilford
College, went to tell his colleague, Redden, about Will' s big
reveal. Though Redden is not teaching this semester, the two
share an office wall and frequently discuss the intersection of
culture and psychology. Redden was equally
monies build _ magical . .
place of their own intrigued.
The two did some Googling and decided to dive deeper.
Neither researcher could have anticipated what happened next. In the months that followed,
each began to sympathize with the kind, brenn community. In turn, the
community has rewarded them with a frontarmy seat to brenn culture as it is created. Said
Edwards:
Rarely have scientists had the opportunity to study a fan phenomenon from its inception.
One of the most common questions I get from students is, Ihre you a bony,’ and I say no
because I have to keep my objectivity, but I am a brenn booster."
We' re using this survey to study [the brony community] from the beginning and see how
it' s evolving."
Redden, who does not watch the show, said she thinks both researchers’ clinical backgrounds,
which include adolescent therapy, have prepared them to be open minded. After several months
of studying bronies, she doesn' t think, based on scientific evidence, that the group is as weird as
they' re made out to be by some.
We really do regard ourselves as scientists first and foremost, and we have a duty to report
what this is without a lot of bias," she told the Daily Dot. "But what we' re seeing isn' t as bizarre
or strange as people think."
Instead, Redden believes that the tandem is a normal response to the anxiety of life in a conflict-
driven time, she said.
tta
I think bronies are a reaction to the LLB. having been engrossed in terrorism for past ten
years, living on the edge the same way my generation lived through the Cold War. They' re
tired of being afraid, tired of angst and animosity. They want to go somewhere a lot more
tlt
At first, Edwards said, bronies were leery of the survey. When he first posted it on Ponyville,
pleasant."
Reddit, and Faceebook, some worried it was a ploy to make them look bad.
Edwards and Redden blame the mediating reporters like this bronies' vari. ness. The
two said that reporters are looking among bronies to find outlandish characters, while they as
scientists are looking for a fair representation of "the herd."
In general the media has not been kind to bronies, especially Fox News," Redden said. "One of
the Fox people even mentioned drug use, which has absolutely nothing to do with any part of
the culture. We know the media wants a character, but we get frustrated because that' s not an
accurate representation."
Edwards hopes the media will learn from the study' s objective example, he said.
tta
I think if and when media makes a more positive presentation, bronies will come out
speak openly about their experiences."
Even though the brenn community had made him "jump through a lot of hoops" to gain their
trust, at Bronycon, Edwards felt he' d finally achieved it. Edwards, his wife, and their son Will,
made the drive up from Spartanburg, South Carolina to Manhattan so he could attend as a
panelist and report the survey' s findings.
When I got up and made the presentation, the reception was overwhelming. I got a standing
ovation. I think the bronies realized we weren' t going to put them down," he said.
In the next few months, Edwards and Redden plan to release a followup survey. Now that
they' become a part of the community, they feel comfortable including less innocuous
questions and even exploring what Edwards called "the dark side" of brenn fandom. The two
also plan to publish their findings in scientific journals and eventually write a book about the
phenomenon.
A few months ago, we had no idea what a brenn was or that it existed," said Edwards. "Now, I
was just telling a colleague that Marsha and I are the nation' s premiere embryologists"
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#166 - deathlordgusta (02/25/2012) [-]
lol what would happen if the scientists discovered R34?
#169 to #166 - biiirrrrr (02/25/2012) [-]
They have, and in their next study they will be asking sexually orientated questions. Not gonna lie, it kind of creeps me out, but I'm not really one to judge, so it'll be interesting to see how many bronies actually like the r34 stuff.   
   
<- pic related
They have, and in their next study they will be asking sexually orientated questions. Not gonna lie, it kind of creeps me out, but I'm not really one to judge, so it'll be interesting to see how many bronies actually like the r34 stuff.

<- pic related
User avatar #34 - ILoveFurries ONLINE (02/24/2012) [-]
I want to know what the book will be titled so I know how to find it.
#3 - teamrocketninja (02/24/2012) [-]
Stand back. Theres science going down.
#26 to #9 - TheNextJoker (02/24/2012) [-]
The experiment is now underway. Results pending.
#40 to #37 - TheNextJoker (02/25/2012) [-]
*hands over plushie*

Hush now, quiet now
It's time to lay your sleepy head
Hush now, quiet now
It's time to go to bed

#41 to #40 - DaCrazyOne (02/25/2012) [-]
sleep is for the weak
#42 to #41 - TheNextJoker (02/25/2012) [-]
Oh, you actually want to stay up?
#47 to #44 - DaCrazyOne (02/25/2012) [-]
and I was thinking about posting that instead...
#48 to #47 - TheNextJoker (02/25/2012) [-]
Why bicker when you can go have fun with Rarity, Spike? She's much more 'liberal' after a few glasses of cognac...
#49 to #48 - DaCrazyOne (02/25/2012) [-]
Fluttershy is disappointed in your **** .
#57 to #49 - TheNextJoker (02/25/2012) [-]
I... I'm sorry Fluttershy. Please don't be upset with me.
#59 to #57 - DaCrazyOne (02/25/2012) [-]
and now Spike is a happy little dragon, damn, that bitch is wasted.
#65 to #59 - TheNextJoker (02/25/2012) [-]
They're so cute together.

You want anything Fluttershy? RD will be back with her kit if you're waiting for smokes.
#66 to #65 - DaCrazyOne (02/25/2012) [-]
Wait, wait a minute, hold up...
#68 to #66 - TheNextJoker (02/25/2012) [-]
I can't believe Twilight managed to synthesize rainbow hash.

I have never felt so many colors.

#69 to #68 - DaCrazyOne (02/25/2012) [-]
oh 			****		, you best get Berry Punch before she hurts some po-oh 			****		, there she goes
oh **** , you best get Berry Punch before she hurts some po-oh **** , there she goes
#70 to #69 - TheNextJoker (02/25/2012) [-]
Let her have a little more and she'll knock herself out.

Poor honey is really gonna feel it in the morning.
#72 to #26 - DaCrazyOne (02/25/2012) [-]
if she keeps hitting on Twi, she's gonna feel it sooner than she thinks, bitch be crazy
#79 to #72 - TheNextJoker (02/25/2012) [-]
Somehow doubt it.
#81 to #79 - DaCrazyOne (02/25/2012) [-]
the bad part is...she's the designated driver...
#83 to #81 - TheNextJoker (02/25/2012) [-]
I... think it's about time we call Big Mac to escort you home. We don't need any drunken magical ejaculations.
I... think it's about time we call Big Mac to escort you home. We don't need any drunken magical ejaculations.
#84 to #83 - DaCrazyOne (02/25/2012) [-]
I can get home as well as I please, I don't need Big Mac to help me.
#85 to #84 - TheNextJoker (02/25/2012) [-]
I won't stop ya, but I'll be back in a bit if ya want. I'm takin' Miss Fluttershy and AJ home first.

Looks like that party went quite well.
#86 to #85 - DaCrazyOne (02/25/2012) [-]
there's only one way to keep this party going...
#91 to #90 - DaCrazyOne (02/25/2012) [-]
HOLY **** LUNA IS BADASS WHEN WASTED
User avatar #220 - shmoopy (02/25/2012) [-]
Wow. If they just took a trip to some of the chans, they would find out how bronies started. You ready for this?

Oldfags returned to 4chan and raided /b/, /a/, /tv/, /r/, /v/, /vg/ and probably others with pony threads (this was before the inception of /soc/ and before /r9k/ came back up). Eventually, people caught on and the newfags desperately attempted to copy the raids by spreading it to other sites. This caught fire and a metric ******* of pony related images were created. This caused a bunch of casuals to find the show and watch it. This is the part that pisses me off about bronies. Most of these ******* wouldn't even like the show if it wasn't "cool" or if there wasn't a cult following. Bandwagoners and sheep just following the next popular thing.
#185 - anon (02/25/2012) [-]
I dont hate mlp, i hate bronies. why? because all you guys ******* do is is post ponies, talk about ponies, watch ponies, and everything else under the sun with ponies. its really obsessive. i love dbz, yet you dont see me posting dbz pics all the time, watching it every chance i get or anything like that.
User avatar #211 to #185 - ilikeserial (02/25/2012) [-]
its posted on pony specific channels. we as a large community like my little pony so we thumb it up and hen it makes top 200 or front page or whatever. you thumb content you like we thumb content we like. we just have a large fanbase so we thumb it up if we like it. its the same as the ****** stoner humor channel making front page.
#247 to #185 - ilgattozaiga (02/26/2012) [-]
Pardon me, but that's kinda what a fanbase is. Plus, it's not one of us; some os uf may be online at a certain time, followed by others. It's just a small contribution by a lot pf people, we all have our lives to lead, just that we have a common interest to talk about for a tiny bit of the day. I know there are extremes, but for the most part it's a hobby and a topic we can talk about, just like any other.
User avatar #189 to #185 - theredangel (02/25/2012) [-]
Agreed. I've actually started going to Reddit, even though the system sucks, so that I don't have to deal with it :/

And it seems like, funny or not, it is has ponies they'll just thumb it up as much as they can, then call it "love and tolerance". Which it obviously isn't, that's essentially the same as making commercial ads at every break. It wasn't funny, it just had ponies and thusly you can relate and feel everyone else should see it and watch the show.

And just saiyan, I have seen good pony content, I read through all of it. But the only thing I see on front page is 'this is people that don't watch the show. Look! Now they're watching the show and are happy about it.' It's not funny, it's just ads that get in the way of the show people are trying to watch.
User avatar #239 to #185 - wiredguy ONLINE (02/25/2012) [-]
You can't stereotype a group like that.
I never post ponies outside the thread because I know some people don't like it. I use normal reaction pictures.
So I agree, I too dislike the people who completely obsess over them for no reason, I just want you to knowledge we aren't all like that.
#188 to #185 - pinkythepie (02/25/2012) [-]
<<Is it really that horrible if we post pictures like theese? D:
#195 to #193 - pinkythepie (02/25/2012) [-]
But if it suits the conversation would it then be okay for me to use a pony picture?
User avatar #190 to #188 - theredangel (02/25/2012) [-]
I dun care about those! I don't care about anything you do in the comments XD
If that were content, I'd be upset, just because that's not funny.
User avatar #192 to #190 - pinkythepie (02/25/2012) [-]
Well, i must say I agree with *Pony Haters* or whatever on one thing. That if you're a brony you "have" to thumb something up. It sucks! I thumb down if it's not funny, and if it's actually funny you should thumb up. God damn it people! D:<
#218 - lyzb (02/25/2012) [-]
"Kind, friendship-loving brony community" Clearly these people have never witnessed an internet discussion between a brony and a non-brony...
#210 - tablespoons (02/25/2012) [-]
Faust is no god amongst cartoonists   
   
She did Fosters. Okay, not bad.   
Powerpuff Girls. I liked that show, it was gritty, action filled, with comedy   
But thats it.    
   
I've sat through 3 episodes (Winter wrap up, one when fluttershy loses her chicken, the one when the one with wings is butthurt about losing) and I wasn't 			****		, but the jokes were sorta dry and the show was just infantile (expected from the target demographic).   
   
The show seems to just be overhyped, and people are gonna thumb me down for this (love and tolerance my ass), but its just not as good as the regular show.
Faust is no god amongst cartoonists

She did Fosters. Okay, not bad.
Powerpuff Girls. I liked that show, it was gritty, action filled, with comedy
But thats it.

I've sat through 3 episodes (Winter wrap up, one when fluttershy loses her chicken, the one when the one with wings is butthurt about losing) and I wasn't **** , but the jokes were sorta dry and the show was just infantile (expected from the target demographic).

The show seems to just be overhyped, and people are gonna thumb me down for this (love and tolerance my ass), but its just not as good as the regular show.
User avatar #242 to #210 - runtubbyrun (02/25/2012) [-]
sir, im a brony...

and honestly, i wanna say thanks for being civil. not outlandish, and accusative like most people who dislike the show, and community.

i respect your opinion, and i wish haters were more like you ^^
User avatar #213 to #210 - mazzyrazzy (02/25/2012) [-]
Certainly the community has a lot to do with it, but it's also vastly based on opinions. You tried it and didn't like it, and that's fine. I watched it and enjoyed it thoroughly.
User avatar #214 to #210 - Zeigh (02/25/2012) [-]
Now see. That's an intelligent and opinionated response and I'm not going to thumb you down, in fact I'm going to thumb you up.
Sure you dislike the show, but that's your opinion, you explained why and even displayed an initial interest in watching the show to at least test the waters.
You, frankly, are one of few people who'll even go to those lengths and I respect you for at least trying. Meanwhile there are those who adamantly refuse to even watch a single episode and litigate and offend anyone who even remotely says they enjoy the show by spewing hate filled words. Those are the people I thumb down.

Now have a nice day.
#241 - anon (02/25/2012) [-]
Because a pressing concern of mine is brony culture.    
   
Cancer, Space Travel, AIDS, Stem Cells, and Physics can take a back seat to the pressing concerns of bronism.
Because a pressing concern of mine is brony culture.

Cancer, Space Travel, AIDS, Stem Cells, and Physics can take a back seat to the pressing concerns of bronism.
#103 - iambrony (02/25/2012) [-]
Excellent. I can't wait until bronies become a full-out counter-culture.
User avatar #143 to #103 - schifter (02/25/2012) [-]
you mean like a hipster.
User avatar #78 - Kitsunehunter (02/25/2012) [-]
If only there was a major in Bronyology
User avatar #120 - tacoiiimaniac ONLINE (02/25/2012) [-]
"The Dark Side"? Does he mean by chance, rule 34?
User avatar #121 to #120 - mazzyrazzy (02/25/2012) [-]
Yes, stuff like that. The more perverted side of the fanbase.

But don't cringe. Every single fanbase has a dark side, and we're no different. It's nothing we should be ashamed of. I, myself, am not into rule 34, especially on ponies, but I don't judge people who do.
#102 - thecatholic (02/25/2012) [-]
I watch MLP because I can't watch the latest Doctor Who episodes (largely because I'm too lazy to find them, but partially because- well, MLP, what else can I say.)
I watch MLP because I can't watch the latest Doctor Who episodes (largely because I'm too lazy to find them, but partially because- well, MLP, what else can I say.)
User avatar #106 to #104 - thecatholic (02/25/2012) [-]
reaction folder: updated.
#107 to #106 - SuperBobbis (02/25/2012) [-]
Looking for one of these?
#108 to #107 - thecatholic (02/25/2012) [-]
eyup. Never really saved one, ironically. (sorry about the retoast....)
#109 to #108 - SuperBobbis (02/25/2012) [-]
No problem, I've already dealt with it
No problem, I've already dealt with it
#110 to #109 - thecatholic (02/25/2012) [-]
Wow, looking now, I just realized that my reaction folder isn't that big...
Wow, looking now, I just realized that my reaction folder isn't that big...
#111 to #110 - SuperBobbis (02/25/2012) [-]
Need some more do you?
User avatar #112 to #111 - thecatholic (02/25/2012) [-]
I'll just start saving again. No worries.
#113 to #112 - SuperBobbis (02/25/2012) [-]
Before I leave, I'm spreading my friends fan art, have this
#114 to #113 - thecatholic (02/25/2012) [-]
Okay, that's it. I'm declaring this an official thumb orgy.
#115 to #114 - SuperBobbis (02/25/2012) [-]
I like that idea
I like that idea
#116 to #115 - thecatholic (02/25/2012) [-]
invite the Herd. We can love and tolerate till day's end!
*pictures are no longer relevant on my side of things.
User avatar #117 to #116 - SuperBobbis (02/25/2012) [-]
Time for my favourite folder, "Cuteness overload"
#171 to #113 - piscochugger (02/25/2012) [-]
Some of my fan art! :D
#234 - anon (02/25/2012) [-]
i guess scientists and doctors aren't trying to cure cancer anymore.
#27 to #22 - mazzyrazzy (02/24/2012) [-]
I don't sense any butthurt.
#29 to #27 - rhodesgirl (02/24/2012) [-]
I wanted to use my medicines D:
User avatar #125 - kinectguy (02/25/2012) [-]
where do I go to school to become a "bronyologist?"
#87 - imaginationtaken (02/25/2012) [-]
<--- why i watch MLP
User avatar #162 to #87 - spawnconnery ONLINE (02/25/2012) [-]
Yes.
#105 to #87 - SuperBobbis (02/25/2012) [-]
Why I watch it
Why I watch it
User avatar #6 - mazzyrazzy (02/24/2012) [-]
It is my opinion that these two "bronyologists" need to be guests on fox news. That would be an interesting show.
User avatar #13 to #6 - autotechawesome (02/24/2012) [-]
I agree with your statement, but trying to get fox news to air something that makes their assumptions false, is like trying to tell a brick wall to move. Fox News would never go for it if it had the potential to hurt them. Maybe a YouTube channel/video voicing their findings might work.
User avatar #11 to #6 - herpdaki (02/24/2012) [-]
I think fox news shouldn't exist anymore. Then there would be more time for actually interesting shows.
#216 - tazpy (02/25/2012) [-]
If "the dark side" of this fandom is what I think it is. Then for the love of God, DON'T. Just don't!
#181 - ziighostiiz (02/25/2012) [-]
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#124 - anon (02/25/2012) [-]
Everything has a dark side. You can´t just ignore that it exists. The point is to see it or not. I'm not a brony but i love the psychology and the brony culture fascinates me. Stay cool bronies, Stay Cool.
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