Every single large server in this federation has at least one Star Trek community. There is even an entire server dedicated to Star Trek.

Not only that, these communities are some of the most active I’ve ever seen. There is no other franchise I know of that dominates the federation as much as Star Trek does.

So, what’s the correlation with Lemmy and Star Trek? Why not other sci-fi series? Please, are there any connections?? Is this all coincidental?

  • The Picard Maneuver
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    The Star Trek community has been going strong for nearly 60 years for a reason - Star Trek rocks.

    When it started in the 60s (and continued especially strong with TNG in the 80s), it was unique in depicting a hopeful look at how things could be rather than a reflection of how things are, differing from how most shows do social commentary. It’s refreshing.

    Star Trek is attractive to people who want to see a world where people work together toward great things in a post-scarcity utopia, with current day conversations of race, nationality, sex, gender, etc. being so far in the rear-view mirror that they’re non-issues. Plus cool technology. I think that appeals to the Lemmy crowd.

    • Lucien [hy/hym, comrade/them]
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      Another key point I feel is often overlooked about Star Trek is the “Gulliver’s Travels” component of (at least pre-Kelvin) Star Trek. Every show, every race was secretly a fun-house-like caricature of humanity’s worst traits, with the humans of the show demonstrating growth past that point. You laugh at or shirk away from them, but really it’s modern humanity that is being depicted (Ferengi as capitalists, Klingons as warmongers, Romulans as subversives, etc.) And then we see what we could be, the hope that you talked about, in future humanity

      • The Picard Maneuver
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        366 months ago

        It seems like such a creative way to do social commentary. We get to see our present failings in aliens, and then contrast it with how the crew (future humanity) carries themselves. Sometimes it’s very clunky and heavy handed (like that TOS episode with the half-white/half-black aliens), but it’s still good. My favorites are every time Picard monologues about their values to an alien race in TNG.

        Even if you already share the values, it’s fascinating to hear them laid out so clearly.

      • ActualOP
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        46 months ago

        That’s very interesting. I think you’ve sold me on watching the show.

    • Dessalines
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      336 months ago

      To me, Trek is a mash of three great communities, each nerdy in their own way:

      • Science-fiction, specifically optimistic mid-century science fiction.
      • Theatre / Drama
      • Revolutionary Socialism

      This article scratches the surface of it.

      • ActualOP
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        66 months ago

        Thank you for the article. I’ll need to look more into this in the future.

    • @jballs@sh.itjust.works
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      96 months ago

      I think you personally posting more than the other Lemmings combined might have something to do with it…