How is/isn't Discovery Star Trek?

Discussion in 'Star Trek: Discovery' started by seigezunt, Sep 11, 2018.

  1. CorporalCaptain

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    You're the one who challenged the assertion that TV was never free. The fact that televisions were more affordable in the 1980s than in earlier decades is a straw man. Television history predates the 1980s, shocking as that may seem.

    By the way, who mentioned a 5-year lifespan of fancy TVs? Not me.
     
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  2. Arpy

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    Not at all a straw man. The point is that they've been affordable for some time, even for the poor and working class. What's not affordable anymore is the content, so we're fractioning.
    Yet again, the same argument: the TV's were never free, and that's not the assertion I'm making. I'm making the assertion that its content was. ViA networks, locals stations, public broadcasting stations, and syndication, the bulk of popular content was very free for a very long time, including all Star Trek from TOS-ENT.
     
  3. CorporalCaptain

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    The assertion you challenged wasn't that the content was never free for consumers, so....
     
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  4. CorporalClegg

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    The paywall isn't new. It's just been moved. Your argument is fundamentally flawed.

    No it wasn't.
     
  5. thribs

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    Jonathon Frakes needs to guest star on it to keep his record on appearing on all the next gen shows.
     
  6. CorporalCaptain

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    Exactly. To determine the actual cost of an activity, one has to consider all the costs incurred while undertaking it, not just the costs from part of it. It's a pretty basic notion, really.
     
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  7. fireproof78

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    Is there a willingness to accept and embrace another point of view? Because that's the impasse I'm seeing is the insistence that one's experience is defining for all. As I stated, my experience was thus: My parents, and friends and the like, could not afford a trip to Greece as you stated. That was never an option. TV was never free as presented in my experience and within my awareness, i.e. the major networks required something in order to access them where I lived. I certainly did not have free access to Star Trek, and had to hunt actively for channels that carried it. And those channels were not free broadcast that I could find.

    I'm glad your experience was different, and I'll note that experiences often are. But, the idea that TV was "always free" and that people didn't have to "pay for Star Trek" is a broad brush stroke that doesn't bear out in my experience.
     
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  8. Tuskin38

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    Exactly it depends on where and/or when you grew up.

    There are people who have never seen Star Trek for 'Free'

    Especially in the UK because of the whole TV licence thing.
     
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  9. XCV330

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    Having decided NOT to sit through another "Plop Plop Fizz Fizz" commercial, with the only option being to get up, skin peeling from vinyl couch, walk barefoot across avacado shag carpet to turn the dial, turn the rotor control so the outside antenna would rotate to the other station available in that suburb, stand there catching a few minutes of some other mid day rerun or game show only to rotate it all back in time to avoid the commercial but realize you missed it by a few seconds and are in the middle of a scene of your favorite star trek rerun episode, and oh Lord you rotated the antenna rotor too far and the screen turns from a plastic pancake landing on Spock's back to snow static as the antenna rotor noise on the roof keeps grinding out a rhythm of loss and failure.

    I don't know if I'd call those days free.
     
  10. Arpy

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    ^ oh, now I get it. This IS part of previous discussion. You’re not actually talking to me. Because at no time on that shag carpet diatribe did you mention paying Weyland-Yutani for TELEVISION SERVICE.

    Y’all have a good day now. Remember to send in your clean air, noise pollution, and get to look at a duck at the park bills.
     
  11. Arpy

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    Where did you grow up?

    Who and how much did you pay for television service?

    What do you mean having to go searching for Trek? Was only available on cable television in your area?

    Do not focus on my getting to go to Greece as a kid. The point is that for many working class people, that was more doable than it is now. If that wasn’t your experience, okay. Why do you not wish it to be now? For anyone?
     
  12. Arpy

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    Yes it was.

    I win.

    ...I mean, back your statement up with something. Please?

    I watched TOS I think on NBC, TNG and DS9 on Fox, VOY on UPN, and ENT on I think maybe CW? None of those were cable or premium channels.
     
  13. Tuskin38

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    There is an edit button you know, and a multi-quote feature
     
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  14. seigezunt

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    So, apparently, what makes a show Star Trek or not Star Trek is if you've paid to see it, judging by this conversation. LOL
     
  15. XCV330

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    Diatribe? It was more of an anecdote. I certainly did not mean it as a diatribe. It reminds me of this one time..
     
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  16. Balok's Decoy

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    Poe’s Law I guess
     
  17. Tuskin38

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    So I guess none of the movies are Star Trek then since you had to pay for then.
     
  18. Balok's Decoy

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    I bought every series on Blu-ray so none of Star Trek is canon anymore. Sorry, everyone.
     
  19. fireproof78

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    30 to 50$ a month. No broadcast channels available, even with rabbit ears. Yes, I tried. UPN was not broadcast and was part of cable.

    The point is-that's not everyone's experience. It wasn't doable then, any more than it is now for my family. In fact, I think it would be more doable now for my parents than when I was younger.

    I don't wish anything. I know the market has changed and businesses will adjust who bears the costs as they feel necessary. As stated by others the cost was always there, just paid at different times. CBS has decided to continue to be competitive in the market and adjusted their costs to suit their business needs. Since advertising is no longer absorbing that cost with adds, that cost goes from time spent by the consumer to money. It still cost is the bottom line. Yes, I consider commercials a cost because it costs time.

    Ruiner.
     
  20. CorporalClegg

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    I think I get why paying for Star Trek isn't 'real' Star Trek.

    Apparently, there was a special happy time when all the nice TV people used to make TV shows not expecting anything in return.

    #nomonies