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Today: Best. Google. Doodle. Ever.

by David Badash on September 7, 2012

in Arts,News

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Today’s Google Doodle may be the best ever, for its intricacy as well as for its subject: Star Trek: The Original Series. Google is celebrating the 46th anniversary of Star Trek today.

Take a look in this video, or hit Google itself and click away.

What does Star Trek have to do with The New Civil Rights Movement? In many ways, everything.

I’ll let Wikipedia explain:

Most Star Trek stories depict the adventures of humans and aliens who serve in Starfleet, the space-borne humanitarian and peacekeeping armada of the United Federation of Planets. The protagonists have altruistic values, and must apply these ideals to difficult dilemmas. Many of the conflicts and political dimensions of Star Trekrepresent allegories of contemporary cultural realities. Star Trek: The Original Series addressed issues of the 1960s, just as later spin-offs have reflected issues of their respective decades. Issues depicted in the various series include war and peace, the value of personal loyalty, authoritarianism, imperialism, class warfare, economics, racism, religion, human rights, sexism, feminism, and the role of technology. Roddenberry stated: “[By creating] a new world with new rules, I could make statements about sex, religion, Vietnam, politics, and intercontinental missiles. Indeed, we did make them on Star Trek: we were sending messages and fortunately they all got by the network.”

Roddenberry intended the show to have a highly progressive political agenda reflective of the emerging counter-culture of the youth movement, though he was not fully forthcoming to the networks about this. He wanted Star Trek to show humanity what it might develop into, if only it would learn from the lessons of the past, most specifically by ending violence. An extreme example is the alien species, the Vulcans, who had a very violent past but learned to control their emotions. Roddenberry also gave Star Trek an anti-war message and depicted the United Federation of Planets as an ideal, optimistic version of the United Nations, His efforts were opposed by the network because of concerns over marketability, e.g., they opposed Roddenberry’s insistence that the Enterprise have a racially diverse crew.

Oh. And as my fiancé just reminded, me George Takei is gay. And “It’s OK to be Takei.”

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{ 1 comment }

BJLincoln September 7, 2012 at 5:16 pm

My whole family are Trekers. We think Gene had the right idea and have hope that our future will be the same. I was hoping by now we would have be closer than we are. Equality, no discrimination, everyone working together toward peace.
We are still fighting for equal pay for women for cryng out loud!
Thanks for reminder of what Star Trek stands for.

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