Why do non-fans think we think it's real?

Discussion in 'General Trek Discussion' started by gomtuu20, Oct 5, 2010.

  1. Admiral Buzzkill

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    The guys who did the "Trekkies" documentary got a lot of flack for supposedly editing it to emphasize some of the more extreme fan behavior, but the fact is that those folks were willing and eager to be filmed doing what they do. That stuff ain't made up.

    I was reminded of a genre magazine writer who interviewed me in the early 1990s - he was a pretty nice guy, and he started off by saying "Lots of people tell me that they don't like what I write, but none of them tell me that I misquoted them."

    He turned out to be soooo right. :lol:
     
  2. JarodRussell

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    Well, the only moments Trekkers get in contact with real life are conventions and movie premieres. And the thousands of fanboy letters Paramount and CBS get.

    And in all those cases, the obsessive Trekkers are the majority.



    While sports events are big social events who are attended by virtually everyone, and the obsessive fans (those who attend EVERY game and then the hooligans) are in the minority.
    One can also go away from sports and just look at music. Live concerts. Nobody thinks they are nerd events. And "everybody" loves to make music, just like "everybody" loves to do sports, and everybody knows what it is. Not everybody likes Science Fiction, and much less like specifically Star Trek, and the majority of people doesn't even know what Star Trek is. But every time they get in contact with a Trek fan, he's dressed as a Klingon, or is wearing these silly colorful pyjamas and makes that weirdo V thing with his hand.
     
  3. C.E. Evans

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    But do they represent the majority of Star Trek fans overall, though? The real majority of Trekkers may be very casual ones that simply watch the occasional TV episode or movie and that's it. They don't go to conventions, they don't write letters to the studios, and may not even visit Star Trek websites...
     
  4. Forbin

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    I'm gonna have to continue to disagree, Sports, to me, is just another form of entertainment. Trek and football are both something you sit down to watch and be entertained by. That one is scripted doesn't matter - the first time you watched a Trek episode, you didn't know how it was going to end any more than a football fan knows how the game will end. And there are sports fans who tape games to rewatch years later, even thought they DO know how it ends.

    A fan is a fan is a fan.
     
  5. Mr. Laser Beam

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    Sports games are carried out in public, for one thing. Fans are in public view. So naturally it's more acceptable for them to *act* that way.

    If your typical Trek episode was broadcast every night to a packed stadium or ballpark, then the sports fan analogy might be more apt.
     
  6. Admiral Buzzkill

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    It matters enormously to many sports fans. Whether I "know how it's going to end" or not, I understand that everything which happens in a movie has been predetermined to satisfy the artistic and creative goals of the people making it. It is not in any meaningful sense a contest or competition. It is not, by nature, an event whose outcome will be determined by the skills and talents of the participants. Whether I like it or not will involve how good the participants are, but the hero in a bad movie is just as likely to "win" as the hero in a good movie because the outcome is arbitrary.

    Sports, of course, are not only something that people watch but activities that people participate in to varying degrees. And again - if I choose to play a softball game, I'm participating in a sport. If I choose to dress up and pretend I'm in Starfleet, I am not exploring space. :lol:

    Saying "Trek is the same as sports" is yet another reason that non-Trekkies treat us as if we "think it's real."

    You look at that moment in the Onion video about "Trekkies Bash New Star Trek Film" where the doofus stammers "if I wanted to see young people doing active things I'd watch sports" with such disdain - the folks who made that know why the audience will laugh, and of course they're right.
     
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  7. AstroSmurf

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    ^ There are some extreme cases that bring and deserve nothing but laughter... that being one of them. :rommie:
     
  8. Tora Ziyal

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    But most sports fans I know aren't playing pick-up games -- they're wearing team jerseys to bars or work or shopping or, obviously, to watch others play.

    I agree w/ those who say the "fan" mindset is pretty much the same no matter what you're a fan of.
     
  9. Shatnertage

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    I found the one and only Trek convention (Vegas 2010) I've been to a pretty good mix, with far fewer of the "stereotypical" fans than I thought I'd see. Sure, there were some chess club refugees, but there were more than a few guys who looked like they'd be more likely to be knocking back beers at a sports bar than attending a panel on the Xindi Council. And people with families, etc.

    And most of the people in know IRL who like Trek skew to the academic side, but are well-accomplished personally and professionally.
     
  10. Admiral Buzzkill

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    Most people who enjoy fiction simply enjoy it and then go on with their lives - they don't build substantial parts of their lives around the minutiae of that fiction.

    There just aren't that many entertaining parallels to that guy who rebuilt his flat into a Star Trek domicile and then discovered that he can't find a buyer for it.

    When someone does go similarly overboard based on any other piece of fiction - say, that couple quite a while ago who spent every dime they could get, some forty thousand dollars, on lottery tickets while watching the movie "Rocky" over and over - they're treated by the media with the exact same mix of humor and pity that more extreme Trekkies are. The difference is that there aren't a lot of other ongoing subcultures besides "Trekdom" that support and nurture this kind of thing as a community activity.

    Half the people I see in the bar at these things are dressed as Star Wars stormtroopers or in other costumes. "Stormtrooper" seems to be the biggie for the bar scene, though.
     
  11. Gecko of Gorn

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    We're all freaks, from the hardcores through to the hipsters.

    Either way, whether you're staking claims to "canon" or whether your making "cool assertions" as to what Trek is all about (whatever the fuck that is, anyway), no one has got it right. No one here created it/made any real impact on it, to make any unbiased judgements or critiques.

    No matter what, no one's opinion really matters.

    If you dig it. Cool.

    I dig TOS. Old School- represent.

    Also, I really dig the JJ.

    But that's me.

    ...And if anyone thinks contra to my preferences and opinions, well, they're just deluded freakazoids.

    Welcome to the internet, baby.
     
  12. Galileo7

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    That about sums it up.:techman:
     
  13. ProtoAvatar

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    And every sport competition can only end in one of 3 ways. It may be predetermined or not - in either case, the fan has no more means to influence the outcome than he has in the case of a movie; the fan does NOT participate in any way in the contest/competition.

    Furthermore, a sport competition (a football game, for example) allows for only a limited diversity in its development (players passing a ball around in combinations).
    Other entertainment possibilities (such as books and movies) allow for a much more diverse range.

    Being a fan of a football team (for example) and actually playing football are two VERY different things.
    Indeed, few football fans regularly play football - even at an amateur level.

    Playing football in the back yard is NOT equivalent to pretending 'to be in starfleet'. It's equivalent to writing an original science fiction story (inevitably, of lesser quality than professional works).

    Wearing a Manchester United uniform all day and fantasising you are Ronaldo is equivalent to dressing up and pretending 'to be in starfleet'.
    And there are more than a few sport fans with this kind of behaviour.
     
  14. Mr. Laser Beam

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    Wearing a sports jersey or jacket is in no way the same as dressing up in a Starfleet uniform. With sports, it's more like "Hey, I need a jacket anyway, might as well get one to support my team". Everybody needs jackets and shirts. So when you get one, you might as well get one that looks good. Nobody *needs* to go around in silly costumes.
     
  15. AstroSmurf

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    But to some of us, team jerseys are costumes. I, for one, would not be caught dead in a jersey or a trek costume, outside of Halloween of course. I would rather look stylish and call attention to me than advertise for a sports team or a sci-fi franchise. Other than my Guinness hat (which is just saying what I mostly made up of) I don't wear anything that turns me into a billboard.

    All of this is just a matter of perspective really. We all see things a bit differently, depending on what angle you are viewing the subject. Some see freaks and weirdos where others see common place and everyday.
     
  16. Admiral Buzzkill

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    I've done both. It's not.

    Trust me, as long as we can seriously entertain conversations like this among ourselves the rest of the world will not run out of material for mocking trekkies. :lol:
     
  17. ProtoAvatar

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    You think so because writing an original story is a lot harder than playing football in the back yard. Or maybe because one is a physical activity and the other, an intellectual activity.

    This doesn't change the fact that from a 'fan behaviour POV' they are highly comparable.

    So - you think there's no comparison between being a sports fan and a trek fan?
    I disagree - they're more or less the same thing.
    And (as already mentioned), much like trek, sport also has its nutty fans (whose hobby, apparently, is starting street riots, etc).
     
  18. Alex1939

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    You think wearing an Orioles shirt is the same as hanging up a UFP flag in your office?

    I would think you were a weirdo too, sorry. I mean, where do you draw the line? Can I post Zena and Hercules posters around my office, would that be appropriate for my business??




    Two quick things about sports versus Star Trek (a lot already mentioned)

    1) Think 80,000 Star Trek fans would show up in 16 cities for 20 consecutive weeks to watch live performances of new Star Trek? No.

    2) Professional sports are a community thing. A professional team is a major revenue producer for a city and surrounding community. Star Trek is not.
     
  19. ProtoAvatar

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    In other words - being a sport fan is accepted because there are so many sport fans - which bring money. Strength in numbers.
    Meaning - there's only a quantitative difference between sport fans and trek (or other) fans. NO QUALITATIVE difference.
     
  20. Alex1939

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    No. I did not bring up every possible difference. But let me spoonfeed you some knowledge since it seems you need it.


    Sports are athletics. Star Trek is a TV show. Sports are real life. TV shows are make believe. If you can't figure out the difference from there, you are probably part of the reason Star Trek fans get asked "why do you think the TV show you watch is real?"