Robert Munafo's Taxonomy of Pod People  

One day I realized that I was a Pod Person in no less than three different ways. For the purposes of this page a Pod Person is someone who retains a significant part of their identity (such as physical appearance) while also acquiring new traits including a powerful motivation and reasonably strong ability to assimilate or convert others. There must also be an opposing group of people that considers them to be a menace and wishes to limit their spread (for the quintessential example, see Red Scare). These requirements are relaxed somewhat if I happen to think it's just really funny (for example, Monty Python fans probably don't have enough enemies to meet these standards).

This page is a parody on my own free-association network and was inspired by the question:

If you could be any kind of pod person in the world, what kind of pod person would you choose to be?

To start, pick an X at random: X X X X X. Then, just follow the links and let the pods guide you . . .

abbreviations: RT: related term, WT: wider term, NT: narrower term, SYN: synonym , ANT: antonym . . . more about these






terms:

RT Related Term . . . SYN SYNonym . . . ANT ANTonym
WT Wider Term (also BT, Broader Term, and GT, General Term)
TT Top Term (the widest term of a hierarchy)
NT Narrower Term (also ST, Specific Term)
USE heading deprecated, USE following term instead
UF heading is Used For the following term
SN Scope Note helps explain where or how the word/phrase is used










Aberczombies:
RT: zombies WT: marketing





AMWAY:
WT: multi-level marketing



body snatchers:
WT: modern sci-fi NT: space aliens
RT: Communists





Borg:
WT: modern sci-fi





Broadway fans:
RT: groupies RT: Monty-Python-fans
RT: gays





classical monsters:
NT: vampires WT: fictitious types
NT: werewolves
NT: zombies
RT: modern sci-fi





Coca-Cola:
WT: marketing



Communists:
RT: body snatchers WT: politics



conspiracy theorists:
RT: politics WT: fringe RT: secret groups





Cult-of-Mac: (Apple customers)
WT: marketing RT: iPod people





environmental activists:
RT: liberals RT: Malthusians WT: politics



EST:
WT: self-help groups



fictitious types:
NT: classical monsters RT: real-life types
NT: modern sci-fi





fraternity members:
WT: social groups





Freemasons:
WT: secret groups



fringe:
NT: conspiracy theorists





fundamentalist Christians:
WT: religions RT: Republicans



gays:
RT: liberals RT: Broadway fans





groupies:
RT: Broadway fans



hippies:
RT: liberals WT: liberals
RT: potheads





iPod people:
RT: Cult-of-Mac





liberals:
RT: environmental activists RT: gays RT: hippies WT: politics RT: Republicans
NT: hippies





Luddites:
RT: Malthusians WT: politics





Malthusians:
RT: environmental activists RT: Luddites WT: politics





marketing:
NT: Aberczombies NT: Cult-of-Mac NT: multi-level marketing
NT: Coca-Cola





modern sci-fi:
NT: body snatchers NT: Borg RT: classical monsters WT: fictitious types



Monty-Python-fans:
RT: Broadway fans





Moonies:
WT: religions





multi-level marketing:
NT: AMWAY WT: real-life types
WT: marketing





Nazis:
WT: politics



politics:
NT: Communists RT: conspiracy theorists
NT: environmental activists
NT: Luddites
NT: Malthusians
NT: Nazis
NT: Republicans
NT: liberals





potheads:
RT: hippies



real-life types:
RT: fictitious types NT: social groups
NT: multi-level marketing
NT: religions





religions:
NT: fundamentalist Christians NT: Moonies WT: real-life types
NT: Scientologists





Republicans:
RT: fundamentalist Christians WT: politics
RT: liberals





Scientologists:
WT: religions



secret groups:
NT: Freemasons
RT: conspiracy theorists





self-help groups:
NT: EST





social groups:
WT: real-life types NT: fraternity members





space aliens:
(disguised, as in V) WT: body snatchers





TM Movement:



vampires:
WT: classical monsters RT: werewolves



werewolves:
RT: vampires WT: classical monsters





zombies:

RT: Aberczombies WT: classical monsters




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