You either enjoy it, or don’t really get it. Sure, you may have seen it on the television a time or two, but failed to understand why some would follow the show as if it were a religion. To several Trekkies, the series is all they live and breathe. However, the general American public disregard how much Star Trek has impacted our technology, and fail to see how it revolutionized several of their lifestyles. If you have ever owned a flip phone, video-chatted on your iPad, or 3D-printed your own shoes, then you are connected to the Star Trek lifestyle more than you realize. Lets say that your day-to-day routine consist of following your favorite Hollywood celebrity on Twitter—you may be following a big time Trekkie, and not even know it. Many celebrities have claimed how the show had inspired their careers; some have had guest appearances in an episode or two. So regardless of your interest in this pop culture phenomenon, Star Trek will always be a big part of your life in some fashion. The focus of this blog will be to discuss the show’s importance on our culture, and how it has inspired our current level of technology and lifestyles. Also, we will explore a few connections the show has with psychology, politics, and religion.
As a fan, I have watched Star Trek since I was a child. Despite being drawn in by laser beams and aliens, I have grown to realize that the show has much more to offer than just special effects (FX). When I watch an episode now, the underlying analogies used in the story are what I find more fascinating. I have learned that I can relate almost any episode to what is going on in my life. Star Trek has also helped me to understand that if I focus more on my strengths than weaknesses, I can accomplish anything I set my mind to do. This philosophy has been one of my best assets, especially when pursuing a career in the US Navy. In fact, my proudest accomplishments are serving two sea tours onboard the USS Enterprise (CVN-65).
But instead of focusing on my personal experiences, I offer this blog to readers as a means to increase awareness of what Star Trek is about and what it has to offer — technology and lifestyle wise. As a disclaimer, it is not my intent to transform you into a mindless Trekkie zombie. You don’t have to be obsessed with the show to appreciate how it has help revolutionized your world. However, if you are curious to learn more about the “Final Frontier” and what it has to offer, then you have come to the right place.
Star Trek’s version of an Android smartphone
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