Ijo is Green, Syfy is Sci Fi

Faris Wijaya had this posted as a Daily Deviation over at deviantART, and it just made my day:

Mondays masquerading as Tuesdays can make me feel like this

Click the image to go to Faris’ dA page. The full image is worth pondering. :)

Looks like the Sci Fi Channel is taking a Hooked on Phonics approach and is changing its name to Syfy. Yeah, I don’t know what it means either. It just looks like “Siffy”. Supposedly the idea is to distance the network from its hapless, bespectacled, pocket-protector-wielding image:

“The name Sci Fi has been associated with geeks and dysfunctional, antisocial boys in their basements with video games and stuff like that, as opposed to the general public and the female audience in particular,” said TV historian Tim Brooks, who helped launch Sci Fi Channel when he worked at USA Network.

True, the text messaging generation is going to love this. Unlike “Sci Fi”, “Siffy” doesn’t have that extra space in the middle. It types faster. And, much like substituting “kool” for “cool”, “bai” for “bye”, it’s more social network friendly. But Tim Brooks’ dysfunction comments are a bit “meh” if you ask me. Geeks and nerds are equated with dysfunction and antisocial behavior because we’re more obvious, it’s presumably easier to point us out in a crowd, we don’t have the broad shoulders, perfect postures, or blatant sex appeal of your typical jocks / jockettes, etc. Realistically, it’s more about appearances than it is actual social quirks. “Cool people” are just as dysfunctional as “not-cool people”. How many rock stars, movie stars, or Olympic athletes have used drugs, alcohol, self-imposed starvation, over-training, or acute promiscuity to prove this point? Could it be that we’re all fucked in the head (to a certain degree), and that we’re all in denial?

I’m not worried. Sci-fi is cool with or without Siffy. I’m cool. My mother told me so. ;)

5 thoughts on “Ijo is Green, Syfy is Sci Fi

  1. Sean ·

    I think of a new car Scion.

    The new…..

    SYFI!!!!

  2. Abbey ·

    Oh i heard about this on the radio. I just think it sounds stupid and kind of soap operaish..

  3. Megan ·

    Syfy sounds STUPID. It doesn’t even look like it means anything!!! It just sounds like the Sci Fi channel is trying to do what Nintendo did when they came up with the Wii, doesn’t it?

  4. jesse ·

    Sean, I wouldn’t put it past them to name a car something like that. Remember the MP3? :p

    I wonder how long it’ll be before Fox changes its name to Focks…

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