[Star Trek]: Media and Fandom

The medium of television, and the general advent of technology has greatly shaped the manner by which storytellers, particularly of the science fiction genre are able to convey their messages to readers.  The most pronounced mechanism, at least for me having watched Star Trek and many other SyFy features, is the way that it allows the viewer to have a clear and focused image as opposed to having to rely upon their imagination.  An example of this is in LeGuin’s Left Hand of Darkness, with regards to the Gethenian’s androgyny.  Although it is something that requires chapters upon chapters to explain, it would only take a few hours in the makeup room, and a quick scene for the viewer to better understand the complex idea.  I actually think this makes science fiction more accessible to the masses, as one of the biggest “turn offs” among science fiction haters who I have talked to, is the overly “highbrow” or “elitist”  attitudes with how writers describe intricate details to the point of superfluousness.  When anyone is able to understand the work regardless of their vocabulary, it makes the work more easily comprehensible, even though some die-hard fans argue that the expanding fan base comes at the cost of watering down the detailed universe crafted by the primary author.

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