Last week the Sci-Fi channel changed it name to Syfy. Supposedly this is to help make it seem more hip and less geek oriented. I hate it. What better time has their been to be a geek? Star Trek has been re-launched to great success. X-Men, Wolverine, Batman, and other comic book heroes are now mainstream and bigger than ever. Prime time has The Big Bang Theory, Lost, Terminator:TSCC, and Fringe. People of all ages watch cartoons. Video games are played by grandmas in nursing homes. When has being geeky ever been more popular and cool? But not to the Sci-Fi channel, they no longer want to be the geeky kids on the block, they want to be the cool kids...sorry but a name change doesn't make you cool.
To me, it seems more like a dumbing down of the channel. OMG - it is like Sci-Fi in text, LOL! Really is that what we need? It just seems stupid...next r wez gonna 2 haz LOLcat speek? SYfy iz in ur tv, sendin ur showz. It started a while ago when the programming started changing. Sci-Fi started to get things that weren't really Science Fiction oriented - ECW Wrestling being the most notable example. As a self confessed geek, I could see how some other geeks might like this...and hey if it helps pay the bills for Eureka, Battlestar Gallatica, Tin Man, and Doctor Who, that means it is fine by me. Diversity is not a bad thing, I don't mind the channel trying new things even if they aren't traditionally sci-fi...it is just that so much progress has been made over the years to make science fiction seem not as dorky to the general public that this name change seems to nullify some of that progress in my mind. It's like they are saying that they can never succeed with that name. I don't believe that. It just seems like they are trying to hide what they are instead of being proud of it. I don't know it just seems like this is the first step in devolution going from Fuddruckers to Buttfuckers.
Not that Syfy is a horrible name. In fact, there was a pretty well known (among us geeks) website names Syfyportal. They recently changed their name because they sold it to Sci-Fi channel's ownership group (as noted here). However, I never really liked the name. It always seemed really cheesy.
I do like their subtitle of Imagine Greater. I think that is subtle and yet full of potential. So good job there.
Top Five Things that pop into my mind when I see Syfy :
- Syfy = Shut Your Fucking Yap
- Syfy = Suck You, Fuck You
- Syfy = Syphillis
- Syfy = Sisyphus
- Syfy = Sexy Filly
Long live Sci-Fi.