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Old February 1 2012, 03:00 PM   #139
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Re: OTHER Starship Captains - Symbolism, Foreshadowing & Plot Devices

OK, Ron, you asked for it - our beloved Star Trek. Starting with TOS and going through all its incarnations - does it simply present and uphold the white male american viewpoint? The Federation and Starfleet - organizations with imperial overtones that seem to always be on the side of "right" - and using military force when those "values" are conflicted with. Can we subsitute "America" for "Federation"? Kirk seems to represent the quitessential american ideal - tough, quick to anger, ready to use violence, acting off the cuff and making snap decisions based on what he defines as "right", and, oh yes, white. So my question is, is the Trek we all worship just a further example of American propaganda in science fiction form? Or does it have redeeming qualities? Have at it.
"Well, here's one thing you can be sure of: leave any bigotry you may have in your cabin, there's no room for it on the bridge. Do I make myself clear?" - JTK, "Balance of Terror"
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