Reading this description? Good. This may get a bit TL;DR, but stay with me here and I'll explain.
Like the picture states, this is not a pony. It is a digital image made up of pixels (which in turn is binary data) that is interpreted and perceived as a representation of a pony in cartoon form. It's just a picture and not a living, breathing pony in real life.
And yet, is she real? In a sense, yes. Although the pony in this picture has no physical existence, she is real.
Take numbers for instance. We know that the concept of counting things is real (one of this, two of that) but you're never going to see the number 1 walking down the street one day, or give the number 5 a high five. Even though something has no physical existence, the idea behind it is real.
Likewise, in works of fiction such as MLP:FiM, the characters do not physically exist. But, as ideas, they are real in the sense that they can be known by the conscious mind. Even things created out of imagination has its roots in what was experienced in reality. Thus, in the case of MLP, fans of the show accept the characters and the world they live in as believable representations of what we encounter in real life: of people, places and events.
Fiction is a lie that makes us realize the truth.
Just wanted to reflect on and share the concept behind Rene Magritte
's work, "La trahison des images
" or "The treachery of images". Took up philosophy as my college major, so dwelling on abstract concepts like this just happens from time to time.
Ironically, this is for the #MLP-ATG-Alumni
group's weekly theme to "draw a pony being a pony". It was then I realized no matter what or how I draw, it can never truly be a pony, as explained above.