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Old April 4 2013, 11:58 AM   #16
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Re: What kind of fan are you?

Grazer/Reformer/Intellectual/Evolutionist at the moment.

I started watching Star Trek when I was 13 years old so I feel like I've pretty much been all of those categories at some point.
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Old April 4 2013, 02:39 PM   #17
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Re: What kind of fan are you?

Lord (no pun intended), that is a good list. I have been many of them over the last creeping up to 50 years. Nicely done.
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Old April 4 2013, 02:50 PM   #18
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Lord (no pun intended), that is a good list. I have been many of them over the last creeping up to 50 years. Nicely done.
Same here. I use to be a hardcore fundamentalist Trekkie then I realized somewhere along the way that I simply wasn't having fun anymore.
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Old April 4 2013, 04:43 PM   #19
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Somewhere between an evolutionist, reformer and heretic.
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Old April 4 2013, 04:57 PM   #20
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Re: What kind of fan are you?

What, no category for "oscillating"?

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Old April 4 2013, 04:59 PM   #21
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Re: What kind of fan are you?

Excellent catagories. I'm thinking I'm a Grazer at the moment, but conceed to falling into many others over the years.
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Old April 4 2013, 09:34 PM   #22
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Re: What kind of fan are you?

Fundamentalist/Mystic
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Old April 4 2013, 09:48 PM   #23
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Plain old Trekkie.
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Old April 5 2013, 01:13 AM   #24
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Lord (no pun intended), that is a good list. I have been many of them over the last creeping up to 50 years. Nicely done.
Thanks. I guess I'm an INTELLECTUAL!

I wanted to make this list because I've recently been observing fandom more than participating in it publicly. All faiths and belief systems (which I believe that Star Trek is, sort of) have times of change, crisis, and upheaval, and Trek is undergoing one now. Such times can bring out the best in people, but it also can bring out the worst, which has caused me to isolate myself a bit. I think that we Trekkies (let us embrace this term!) share characteristics with followers of other belief systems and interests and, accordingly, interact with a similar dynamic. By understanding these characteristics and identifying them in ourselves and others, perhaps we can get along a bit better.

By the way, I was inspired to make this list by a cartoon of Trek fans I remember from Starlog, I think, from many years ago. Does anyone have a copy of it?

By the way 2: I am a traditionalist with evolutionist tendencies (or maybe the other way around), artist, intellectual, archivist, grazer, ecumenialist, sometime scripturist (but trying not to be a know-it-all), and Big-Tenter/Universalist. But, as T'Bonz says, I am, most of all, a Trekkie!
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Old April 5 2013, 05:44 AM   #25
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Traditionalist Grazer Artist. Tis moi.
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Old April 5 2013, 11:27 PM   #26
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Is there a category for Irreverent Hobbyist (with Delusions of Artistry)?
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Old April 6 2013, 01:23 AM   #27
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Is there a category for Irreverent Hobbyist (with Delusions of Artistry)?
There is now.
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Old April 6 2013, 06:53 PM   #28
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Re: What kind of fan are you?

I can't see being shoe-horned into just one. As others have noted, we also shift on this over time. I tend to identify with "Evolutionist" and "Intellectual", with a touch of "Reformer".

We're all caught up in an illusion of "modern" living. It's really more aptly put as "technological" living, at least in the 1st and 2nd worlds. But behind it all is the age old human need for power and control. We construct governments that are supposed to keep things fair, but they inevitably end up corrupt to some degree. While the USA has been an oasis of fairness more than most other places, it too has suffered corruption... and most people are blissfully unaware of just how deep it runs.

We're still way too close to the days of global chaos suffered in WWI and WWII. For the 1st world, it appears as though things are more controlled and fair, but it's tenuous at best. There needs to be significant social evolution to catch up with how we've changed our ways of life. People fear they will loose their freedom, and rightly so because of what history has shown us. The only thing that can be the great objective equalizer is the computer. It just has to be programmed as fairly as possible, to help ensure things are managed properly. The integrity of human beings still seems to be far too fragile to be trusted.

And this is what I think happened in the imagined world of Star Trek. Using computer systems and objective social management, societies could normalize and help people make the most of their lives, sufficiently benefiting from it as well, ultimately reducing the number of criminal and corrupt people among the population. This allowed humanity to leap forward to the next level and concentrate on the technologies for long distance space travel. Humanity united, and getting along. Imagine that.
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Old April 7 2013, 05:38 PM   #29
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I go round and round about that all the time.
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Old April 7 2013, 06:15 PM   #30
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Over the years, I've been eight or nine of those things. Sometimes a few things simultaneously. Just which ones and when is a little personal. That's between me and my Franchise.
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You're right, Masao. And your way of avoiding conflict is the better way.
I'm starting a religion. Send me some money right f*cking now (large denominations, nonsequential serial numbers, unmarked) and get in on the ground floor! I'll make you a priest. No celibacy required.
Some of the fanboys have been celibate for a long time. Perhaps, because of their Trekkie priesthood?
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