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Old April 19 2013, 12:54 AM   #49
Lenny Nurdbol
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Re: What is "canon?"

Mysterion wrote: View Post
Lenny is confusing "official" and "liscensed" with canon. the first two only meant that the owner of a property (in this case, Star Trek) has authorized someone to sell a book, poster, etc. using the aspects of that property. Doesn't imply or confer any binding effect on the continuity of that property.

Canon, on the other hand, is the collective body of work of that property. In the case of Star Trek this is generally accepted to mean the aired television episodes and movies.
Official, Licensed, Canon = All the same bullshit...

Or let's put it another way, Licensed only means TPTB are making money off of it's sale, which is in turn "Official" in that regard... Canon can mean any or all of the above...
TPTB can say one thing is Canon today and tomorrow say it's Not Canon... And whatever you call it, it need not be Accurate... Remember the DS9 cutaway posters from years back? It had official stamped all over it, even some sheets were extra-official carrying autographs and what not... In big letters the station was called "Terek Nor"
The correct spelling from day 1 was "TerOk Nor"... But because it was mispelled in a certain person's "official" encycopedia, Pocket Books kept churning out novel after novel with it spelled "TerEk Nor"... It wasn't until around the time of DS9's final season that someone managed to correct it... This is Not an uncommon case of the blind following the blind in Star Trek... In the 70s and 80s a certain dictator was named Khan NooniAn Singh... However, a certain person mispelled it as Khan NooniEn Singh in a certain "official" publication and it has remained mispelled that way to this very day... And then we have such things as the "hypospray" which fans of the 70s would tell you was called the Spray Hypo...

Either way Canon is a stupid term which goes against the thinking mind (no surprise, really, since it comes from religion)... You'd be better off using a more accurate phrase like "more substantial" or "less substantial" which is at least more descriptive...
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