Announcing: What the Fig?

Put your paws up, little figsters! This is a call for applications to join WHAT THE FIG, Figment’s brand new pop culture review and official figpinion on the pop culture universe. We think there are some pop culture cultists on Figment, and we want to find them and harness their thoughts on all things poppy and culturey. We’re going to recruit ten reviewers to start, and they’ll each review a different movie, TV show, or album each month. There’s tons of reasons to apply! Namely, the fame and accolades certain to pour in.

You might be our ideal candidate if you know the color of vampire Bill’s shirt the first time he meets Sookie at Merlottes, if you can barely resist the urge to complete every “Hello, My Name Is” card with “InigoMontoyayoukilledmyfatherpreparetodie”, if you interrupt your teacher with “I’ma let you finish, but–,” or if you’re convinced that you are actually a ghostly purgatory version of yourself, and that the real you is still on the island. If you think you fit the bill, send us an email at In that email, be sure to include:

  • Your name and age;
  • Your preferred pop culture outlet (music, movies, or television) and your preferred genre within that outlet;
  • Your favorite development in your preferred pop culture outlet in the past year; and
  • A review of any movie, TV show, or album – 250 words or fewer.

The deadline for applications is three weeks from today: 7/11/11. Can’t wait to hear what you have to say!!



27 thoughts on “Announcing: What the Fig?

    • Hi Ashley

      By development we mean how has that particular area progressed? For example, how has pop music changed over the years? How have horror films developed in terms of subject, technique and presentation? How have TV shows changed (i.e. Fawlty Towers and Monty Python vs. The Office and SNL, even British Skins vs. American Skins)? I hope this helps and feel free to email me at if you have any other questions.

  1. I love the idea. I can’t wait to see, the brain rot section is already a roit, so I think this will be even better.

    Me and pop culture= star trek/star wars trivia, so I think that I won’t apply.

  2. I just submitted my review – it was 249 words! CHA! I’m so excited! Just asking – when are you guys going to announce who’s picked for the What the Fig?

    • Hi Ryan

      Thanks for applying! The application deadline is three weeks from now (7/11/11), so chosen reviewers will be announced a couple of weeks after that. Best of luck!

  3. so the reviews can be about how music has CHANGED? For example I could write about how American culture (musically) went from Elvis, to Ramones/Metallica/Primus to Justin Bieber/Rebecca Black and all that jazz? (I realize that none of that is jazz, yes.)

    • Hi Aldolfa

      You don’t specifically have to focus on how it’s changed, but you should show you have a good amount of knowledge of the topic you’re interested in. I hope this helps, and please feel free to email me at if you have any other questions.

  4. Awesome! I totally sign all my name tags with “Hello, my name is: Inigo Montoya you killed my father prepare to die”… Haha, anyway, I’ll send an email!

  5. When I tried to send in my application with Gmail, I got some kind of error message, that said the address wasn’t recognized. Is there an alternate e-mail I could send it to? If not, I’ll just keep trying to send it through. 😛

  6. Neither of those e-mails will work. >_>
    Could I send it from a different e-mail account, not hooked to my Figment?

  7. I’m really excited about this. It seems really cool and fun but I don’t think I’m gonna make the cut because I don’t know to much about the history of music, just that I love it and I know what’s good.

  8. Maria, that doesn’t work, either. :/
    I think it’s my G-mail. Sending from my non-Figment-linked e-mail isn’t allowed, though? Because that’s my last resort, and now my only option, I think.

    • Hi Halle

      That’s so odd. We’ve never had this problem before. It doesn’t specifically have to be a figgy-account linked email, it can be any email, really. Have you tried creating a new email to see if you still have the same problem?

    • Hey Ashley-
      We have not been sending confirmation emails, but we checked and we received yours! Let me know if you need anything else- esteele at

  9. My review is currently 299. Is it absolutely required for it to be cut down any more, or can I leave it as is? I really think the quality of the review would be damaged if I cut the words.

    • Hi Anon

      Because of the volume of applications, we ask the applicants please keep to the word limit of 250 words. If you’re able to, please try to edit down to the word limit. Feel free to email me at if you have any other questions. Best of luck!

  10. “you’re convinced that you are actually a ghostly purgatory version of yourself, and that the real you is still on the island”


  11. Maria,

    I sent my application to you, but I wasn’t sure if you got it and forwarded it.
    Did you? 😮
    Just want to make sure.


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