Why Are People Ashamed to Watch Kids’ Shows?

I hear lots of complaints about bronies.

For those of you who don’t know, a “brony” is a male who enjoys the hit show, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, currently in its 6th season on Discovery Family. For a 4-minute introductory video on the topic (in the form of song, of course), see this YouTube AMV: Let’s Go and Meet the Bronies (Note: AMV stands for “Animated Music Video”).

Despite the amazing, original songs (personal favorite: “Don’t Mine at Night”), shorts, animations, and artwork that bronies have contributed to the online community, they get a bad reputation. Why? Two reasons:

1. Rule 34, which we shall not go into

2. There’s “something wrong with a grown man watching a show meant for little girls.” <— THIS is the statement we will be debunking today. … More Why Are People Ashamed to Watch Kids’ Shows?

Motivation: Fun vs. Fear

When I was in the sixth grade, my English teacher told us a story about the best persuasive essay she’d ever read from one of her students. The argument of the essay? Everything we do in life is motivated by fear.
Why do we go to work? To get money. Why money? So we can buy food. So we don’t starve. Fear of death = motivation of everything.
I accepted this as fact for a while, listing different examples in my mind. Students taking extracurricular for fear of not getting into college, giving into peer pressure for fear of being an outsider, dieting for fear of ridicule or health problems…
And then I got to roller coasters. Why do we ride roller coasters? For fear of…not having fun?  … More Motivation: Fun vs. Fear

What is Dungeons and Dragons?

Everyone seems to know the name “Dungeons and Dragons” and picture something in mind at its mention, but few people seem to know what the game actually is. “Math geeks dress up to play a Medieval board game that makes them forget about how crappy their lives are” is usually what I hear.

Well, just as Luke Skywalker said: “Impressive…every word in that sentence was wrong.” … More What is Dungeons and Dragons?

How can fiction be more useful than reality?

“How can fiction be more real than reality? It makes no sense. Nothing is more real than reality.” —random commenter on Reddit.

I don’t take issue with this statement. I take issue what the implication behind it. 

Fiction that takes place in alternative societies or worlds, likewise, show us things about our own reality that we normally take for granted. … More How can fiction be more useful than reality?

Can One Person Make a Difference?

Originally Published 10/8/2016

I raised my hand, since I was sick and tired of hearing responses like that. I don’t recall exactly what I said when called on, but I’ll just fill in the gap with this:

“I sure think John Wilkes Booth made a difference.”

The room erupted in laughter. The boy from before chuckled, too. I shrugged and said, “No one said it had to be a good difference.”

That begs the question: is it just easier to do bad things than to do good things?  … More Can One Person Make a Difference?