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My Little Pony and Civic Virtue

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Alexandra Agostinelli

on 21 August 2014

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Transcript of My Little Pony and Civic Virtue

Research Question
H1: The ruling class of alicorns of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic is able to stay in power because of a mix of fear and engrained civic virtue.

H2: This reflects the adult viewers pessimistic view of the current American government and their low voting patterns, but high sense of civic virtue.
Is the ruling class of alicorns of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic able to stay in power because of a sense of civic virtue felt by the ponies of Equestria or because of fear? Does that reflect and/or influence how the adult viewers feel about their current government and their voting and other civic patterns?
Equestria Reflects Reality
Alexandra Agostinelli
What Data am I Looking for and Where will I Find It?
General Social Survey Website
Age, Civic Bonds, Education Levels, Life Satisfaction, Voter Participation
Herd Census Website
Statistics of "Brony's" Ages, Education Levels, Interest in Brony's Activities, Personality Test Results
Will Conduct Survey
Combining the two worlds
What is Already Known?
“There is no dispute that the media has a great deal of influence over society” (Nickoli, Angela, Cindy, James, & Emily, 2003, p. 150).
Nickoli, A., Angela, M. N., Cindy, H., James, E. H., & Emily, O. (2003). Pop culture, crime and pedagogy. Journal of criminal justice education, 14(1), 149.
Question and Answer Session
Graphs from the Herd Census
MLP Strong Civic Bonds or Fear of the Leaders
• Encourages Civic Virtue

o Episodes
S01 Episodes 1,2,3,5,10,11
S02Episodes 1,2,4,22
S03Episodes 2, 4, 5, 13
S04Episodes 8, 10, 15
o Books
Twilight Sparkle and the Crystal Heart Spell
Pinkie Pie and the Rockin' Ponypalooza Party
Rainbow Dash and the Daring Do Double Dare
o Comics
Friendship Forever 1,3

• Rules with Fear

o Episodes
S01Episode 08
S02 Episodes 4,8,9,11,18,25,26
S03Episodes 1,2, 13
S04Episodes 1, 2, 3, 6, 11
o Books
Twilight Sparkle and the Crystal Heart Spell
o Comics
Friendship Forever 3

Quotes From Survey
Environment Issues: Do you believe that MLP:FiM influenced your opinion?
"No, I've always felt this way."
"It's quite possible. I do definitely prefer the government and society in My Little Pony. Ponies can grow up to do whatever their special talent is, and a lot of emphasis is placed on talent. They don't actively try to make themselves rich (Except maybe Flim and Flam but that's another story entirely), instead, they just do what the love. Happiness and friendship far outweigh the monetary concerns that our people are plagued with."
"Nope, it is a TV show you **** head"

"A little"

"I feel my enjoyment of MLP is due to my political alignments possibly but i cant say they have had any direct effect"
"eh, not really.
strengthens MAYBE"
Feel Free To Email Me Any Questions or Comments
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