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Okay, so other folks have started using the ‘little tin cults’ tag, and a couple others have asked me about it, so here’s where the name comes from.

When we were in high school, we really liked a book called Pyramid Scheme, by Flint and Freer.  The plot and content of the book is irrelevant, but at one point, there’s a joke where a bunch of academics are called “little tin gods,” because they expect the military staff around them to understand their field and resulting importance.

I started using the phrase to refer to anyone who were considered big fish in a very small, rather piffling pond.  And well, cult leaders who run these fandom/plural cults are stellar examples of the type.  They very well may be the center of their followers’ universe, and have a vastly bloated sense of their own importance, but outside their tiny circles, they really are nothing.  I mean, Scientology and Sun Myung Moon have been heard of outside their circles; they have a place in pop culture.  But these little guys don’t even rank among THOSE malcontents.  Even by cult standards, they’re unimportant!

So little tin gods have little tin cults.

Date: 2017-02-24 06:36 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] we_are_spc
We must've been under a rock somewhere because we've never herd of Sun Myung Moon. Scientology, however...

We just about watched something on how someone got out of that. He-but ourcousin switched it to something a bit more palatable. TGood thing, too, because how she portrayed it was fascinating-not the cult itself, but how she had to sneak out of it, and all the stupid tactics used to try and keep her silent. (I wish I could remember the name, but.)


Date: 2017-02-25 05:44 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] we_are_spc
Huh, we'd always wondered where that turn of wordphrase came from. Now we know.

Yeah, we were a bit to young to know much of that stuff in the 80's (our body was born in '80) so that's probably why we don't remember much.


Date: 2017-03-01 09:04 pm (UTC)
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Nice. :P
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