About Whammy

Hello everyone, the name is Whammy. I’m the author of this blog. Below is some information about me.

Who are you?
While I’m generally private on personal information, the most relevant thing is I have a doctorate in political science and like to apply my critical writing and thinking skills to things other than politics once in a while. Since I have a long-time love of animation – cartoons, anime, etc. – I figured a blog like this would be a good use of my free time. Everyone has to have a hobby, and thinking way too much about animation is mine.

Why analysis?
I’ve always had an interest in philosophy, analysis, and pop culture and, well, this is a fandom that has lent itself very well to exploring all three of those things.  I mostly started off analyzing the series as an extension of my fanfiction and roleplaying. After all, you gotta think about the series and try to understand it if you’re trying to write in its world. I’ve also always enjoyed using pop culture to demonstrate and discuss philosophy. It’s much easier, and funner, to understand it through the lens of pop culture sometimes. Probably why some of my favorite book series are the Blackwell Pop Culture and Philosophy series and the Popular Culture and Philosophy series.

How long have you been a fan of MLP?
I’ve been a member of the fandom since spring of 2012. Got in right near the end of the second season. I believe “Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000” was the latest episode at the time. Man that song is catchy….

Whose your favorite pony?
Figured I knock this out of the way, and it depends on whether or not I can bring in fan interpretations. Going by purely the show, I’d probably say Twilight Sparkle, Princess Luna, and my guilty pleasure choice of The Great and Powerful Trixie. Bring in fandom interpretations, and that list starts piling up: Doctor Whooves, Derpy, it doubles my love of Trixie, Blueblood (entirely due to Best Night Ever), just to name a few.

What non-pony things do you like?
Here’s just a brief idea of some of those things:

Anime: Fate/Zero, Baccano, Angel Beats, Ouran High School Host Club, Clannad, Digimon, Kanon, Fullmetal Alchemist, Lucky Star, Azumanga Daioh, Cardcaptor Sakura, Princess Tutu, 

Cartoon: Courage the Cowardly Dog, Rocko’s Modern Life, Dexter’s Laboratory, you know, standard sort of 90’s kid fare.

Live-Action: Doctor Who, NCIS, Monk, Psych, House, Monty-Python, Daily Show, Colbert Report, Whose Line is it Anyways?, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Full House, The Cosby Show (I’ve watched a lot of Nick-at-Nite…).

Video-Game: Mass Effect, Elder Scrolls, Total War, Civilization, Pokemon, Zelda, Fallout

Book: Eh, I read a lot non-fiction. Unless you’re particularly interested in political science books, not much here. Working on trying to read more fiction though. Most fiction I have read is what you’d probably read in English class ^_^”.

3 responses to “About Whammy

  1. lorimori

    Hi – I run a WordPress blog called The Fan Meta Reader, and your piece “For Great Justice!: Retributive vs. Consequentialist Justice” was recommended to me. I read it and really enjoyed it (my daughter is deep into MLP fandom, so it was especially interesting to me!), and I was wondering if I might be able to feature it on the Meta Reader? This would involve reposting it in its entirety with credit and a link back to you and the original piece. No worries if not, but I’d love to include it if possible. 🙂

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