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SpotTheCat90

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Report this Nov. 07 2009, 7:30 pm

Hello!

For my sociology class this semester, I'm required to write a paper about a culture or subculture. I decided to write about Trekkies. I need interviews as sources, so if anybody wants to briefly answer any of these questions, I'd be grateful!

1. First of all, do you consider yourself a Trekkie?

2. What does that mean to you; that is, what does it take to be considered a Trekkie?

3A. What's the difference between Trekkie and Trekker?

3B. Do you have certain traditions, like attending conventions regularly or collecting Star Trek memorabilia?

4. Do you speak Klingon? :p Aside from Trekkie/Trekker, are there any important "language" elements or special terms used by Trekkies?

5. If you're willing to share, what are your religious/philisophical beliefs and how do you think they relate to Star Trek, if at all? (Personally, I wouldn't consider this vital to the paper, but my professor wants a section covering this. . .)

6. Which Star Trek opening theme is your favorite? (Mine's Voyager's)

I'm terrible at this; I can't think of anything else. If there's something important I missed or you want to share, please go ahead.

Thanks!

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Report this Nov. 07 2009, 7:35 pm

Quote (SpotTheCat90 @ Nov. 07 2009, 7:30 pm)
 
Hello!

Hi.

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For my sociology class this semester, I'm required to write a paper about a culture or subculture.  I decided to write about Trekkies.  I need interviews as sources, so if anybody wants to briefly answer any of these questions, I'd be grateful!

Don't know how much use I can be, but shall certainly endeavour to try.

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1.  First of all, do you consider yourself a Trekkie?

#1. "Niner" ie. DS9 fan. #2. "Trekkie".
I used to say I wasn't a Trekkie because I thought only TOS fans could be Trekkies -- and while I like TOS I wasn't a huge fan - more of 24th century Trek. But now I guess enough people have said so to convince me that I am kind of a Trekkie.

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2.  What does that mean to you; that is, what does it take to be considered a Trekkie?

I'm completely obsessed with DS9, and as a direct consequence of that I have come onto all these great places with other people who share the same interests and such. I'm not going to be much good at answering this question except perhaps to say "see above". But I guess to have a broad enough interest to become part of a "community" like this one. Perhaps.

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3.  What's the difference between Trekkie and Trekker?

One has the letter R in it. Beyond that, I don't have a clue. Sorry.

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3.  Do you have certain traditions, like attending conventions regularly or collecting Star Trek memorabilia?

Define "traditions".
I haven't been to a convention yet but would really like to go. I would collect memorabilia like action figures etc if I could find any.
I watch the DVDs every day. I collect the books and stuff. I read the books and also read and write fanfic (and enjoy it.) And listen to ipod stuff. But mostly it's just chatting to people online for me.

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4.  Do you speak Klingon? :p Aside from Trekkie/Trekker, are there any important "language" elements or special terms used by Trekkies?

Nope I don't speak Klingon.
Can't think of language elements off the top of my head -- but it's an interesting question.

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5.  If you're willing to share, what are your religious/philisophical beliefs and how do you think they relate to Star Trek, if at all? (Personally, I wouldn't consider this vital to the paper, but my professor wants a section covering this. . .)

Atheist / Agnostic. I don't think my "beliefs" have much to do with Star Trek but I do like to see the exploration of spiritual themes.

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6.  Which Star Trek opening theme is your favorite? (Mine's Voyager's)

First Contact.

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I'm terrible at this; I can't think of anything else.  If there's something important I missed or you want to share, please go ahead.

I guess whether there is something you missed really depends on the angle you want your assignment to take.

How about: What I like about Trekkiedom and Star Trek.
1. The characters and storylines are great for the most part, and the issues they explore are complex and well explored.
2. The people I meet through this and other places in fandom are more accepting than people in general tend to be, and I love the way that fandom (and to an extent Star Trek as well) tends towards embracing rather than rejecting diversity among people.

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Thanks!  

No wurries.

:D

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Report this Nov. 07 2009, 8:58 pm

Well I'm a new Trekkie, but already it's had a huge impact on my life so I'll try and answer these.

1. First of all, do you consider yourself a Trekkie?

Yes

2. What does that mean to you; that is, what does it take to be considered a Trekkie?

Quite honestly, being into Trek has had an effect on pretty much every area of my life.

I've also managed to get my sister and niece into it, and so now we all spend time together in the evenings watching episodes, and it's brought us all closer together.

I've joined a Star Trek fanclub, and have met some really cool people through that, and am going to my first convention in a couple of weeks. So becoming a Trekkie has definitely enriched my social life.

I'm a writer, and have been working on some Trek fanfics, as well as an original sci-fi story of my own creation, that has definitely been influenced greatly by Trek.

I'm an amateur film-maker, and am trying to get some people together to make some Trek fan films.

On a more personal level, I've drawn a lot of strength from some of the Trek characters (in particular Spock and Janeway) and they've helped me to deal with some difficult times in my own life.

So basically, to me, being a Trekkie is not just an entertainment choice, it's a lifestyle.

3. What's the difference between Trekkie and Trekker?

I'm not really sure. Possibly Trekkie = TOS-era fan and Trekker = later series fan?

3. Do you have certain traditions, like attending conventions regularly or collecting Star Trek memorabilia?

Well I am going to a convention soon, but because it's my first one I can't call it a tradition yet.

I guess the only real 'tradition' I have at the moment is that Friday night is always dedicated to Voyager in our house right now.

4. Do you speak Klingon? :p Aside from Trekkie/Trekker, are there any important "language" elements or special terms used by Trekkies?

Nope.

I don't know if there are any special language elements to me, but sometimes the technobabble inspires me to go and read something scientific ;)

5. If you're willing to share, what are your religious/philisophical beliefs and how do you think they relate to Star Trek, if at all? (Personally, I wouldn't consider this vital to the paper, but my professor wants a section covering this. . .)

Personally I'm an atheist. But previous to arriving at this path, I've tried out pretty much every religion going, so I do have an interest in different faiths and beliefs, and I enjoy seeing different beliefs demonstrated in Trek.

6. Which Star Trek opening theme is your favorite? (Mine's Voyager's)

Hmm...I'm going to go with TMP.

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Report this Nov. 07 2009, 9:20 pm

Quote (SpotTheCat90 @ Nov. 06 2009, 8:30 pm)
Hello!

For my sociology class this semester, I'm required to write a paper about a culture or subculture. ?I decided to write about Trekkies. ?I need interviews as sources, so if anybody wants to briefly answer any of these questions, I'd be grateful!

1. ?First of all, do you consider yourself a Trekkie?

2. ?What does that mean to you; that is, what does it take to be considered a Trekkie?

3. ?What's the difference between Trekkie and Trekker?

3. ?Do you have certain traditions, like attending conventions regularly or collecting Star Trek memorabilia?

4. ?Do you speak Klingon? :p Aside from Trekkie/Trekker, are there any important "language" elements or special terms used by Trekkies?

5. ?If you're willing to share, what are your religious/philisophical beliefs and how do you think they relate to Star Trek, if at all? (Personally, I wouldn't consider this vital to the paper, but my professor wants a section covering this. . .)

6. ?Which Star Trek opening theme is your favorite? (Mine's Voyager's)

I'm terrible at this; I can't think of anything else. ?If there's something important I missed or you want to share, please go ahead.

Thanks!

1. Why yes I do.

2. You must have at least one favorite series possibly many, you also must be able to quote or tell the synopsis of an episode from watching the first 2 minutes of the episode. I am in a "sim" on the Star Trek Simulation Forum right now. it's one of my greatesr accomplishments

3. Age, usually the older generation calls themselves Trekkers.

4. NO, I'm a mainstream Trekkie.

5. I do have one word that I use that's vulcan. It's Th'y'la, it means beloved/ best friend.

6. I do believe in the philosophy of IDIC. Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations, the universe is a place of wonder... things getting broken down and created anew.

6.Voyager,Enterprise's In a Mirror Darkly,TNG.

Misc. I did grow up a trekkie, my father started me on it when I was about 8 years old. TNG was my first star trek experience and i left it behind for a few years until i found voyager the summer of 2000 or 2001, I can't remember.

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Report this Nov. 07 2009, 9:22 pm

Quote (SpotTheCat90 @ Nov. 07 2009, 4:30 pm)

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2.  What does that mean to you; that is, what does it take to be considered a Trekkie?


Being part of a larger group of people who share the same interests as myself.

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3.  Do you have certain traditions, like attending conventions regularly or collecting Star Trek memorabilia?


Not traditions per se', although i do enjoy attending conventions and collecting memorabilia.

:p Aside from Trekkie/Trekker, are there any important "language" elements or special terms used by Trekkies?


No Klingonese for me, There is a lagre amount of slang used by trekkies though.

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6.  Which Star Trek opening theme is your favorite? (Mine's Voyager's)

Deep Space Nine.

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Report this Nov. 08 2009, 12:57 am

Quote (SpotTheCat90 @ Nov. 07 2009, 7:30 pm)
Hello!

For my sociology class this semester, I'm required to write a paper about a culture or subculture. ¿I decided to write about Trekkies. ¿I need interviews as sources, so if anybody wants to briefly answer any of these questions, I'd be grateful!

1. ¿First of all, do you consider yourself a Trekkie?

2. ¿What does that mean to you; that is, what does it take to be considered a Trekkie?

3. ¿What's the difference between Trekkie and Trekker?

3. ¿Do you have certain traditions, like attending conventions regularly or collecting Star Trek memorabilia?

4. ¿Do you speak Klingon? :p Aside from Trekkie/Trekker, are there any important "language" elements or special terms used by Trekkies?

5. ¿If you're willing to share, what are your religious/philisophical beliefs and how do you think they relate to Star Trek, if at all? (Personally, I wouldn't consider this vital to the paper, but my professor wants a section covering this. . .)

6. ¿Which Star Trek opening theme is your favorite? (Mine's Voyager's)

I'm terrible at this; I can't think of anything else. ¿If there's something important I missed or you want to share, please go ahead.

Thanks!

1. yes
2. someone that likes star trek very much
3. Trekkers are people that don't want people to stereotype them as star trek fans. I mean real fans.
4. I try to own memorabilia but there's a lot and I don't have the money for all of it. If I do have money I'll try to get a model, or a uniform costume, game, autograph, book, the shows.  Something along that line. IT WILL TAKE A WHILE. Most importantly the shows. Conventions are not worth the travel to me. Unless they happen to be in my state or nearby.
5. No. People that do speak fictional languages seriously need something better to do like get a freakin job.
6. My personal beliefs would be a society where we try to strive for excellence, lower violence, and use our #### noggins for once and think things through before we do something. It applies to star trek because it's all these things.
7. My favorite opening them would be Star Trek I, star trek II, Star Trek XI, Voyager.

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Report this Nov. 08 2009, 2:38 am

Quote (SpotTheCat90 @ Nov. 07 2009, 7:30 pm)
Hello!

For my sociology class this semester, I'm required to write a paper about a culture or subculture. ¿I decided to write about Trekkies. ¿I need interviews as sources, so if anybody wants to briefly answer any of these questions, I'd be grateful!

1. ¿First of all, do you consider yourself a Trekkie?

2. ¿What does that mean to you; that is, what does it take to be considered a Trekkie?

3. ¿What's the difference between Trekkie and Trekker?

3. ¿Do you have certain traditions, like attending conventions regularly or collecting Star Trek memorabilia?

4. ¿Do you speak Klingon? :p Aside from Trekkie/Trekker, are there any important "language" elements or special terms used by Trekkies?

5. ¿If you're willing to share, what are your religious/philisophical beliefs and how do you think they relate to Star Trek, if at all? (Personally, I wouldn't consider this vital to the paper, but my professor wants a section covering this. . .)

6. ¿Which Star Trek opening theme is your favorite? (Mine's Voyager's)

I'm terrible at this; I can't think of anything else. ¿If there's something important I missed or you want to share, please go ahead.

Thanks!

1. Yes.
2. It means to me, to be a fan of Star Trek and it's ideologies, embracing diversity, respect and understanding. To see that humanity is actually a good thing. To believe in a future of strength, friendship and honor, intelligence over instinct.  Seeking knowledge and not shying away in fear and mistrust.
3. To me not much really just the word itself, trekker sounds to much like someone on a trek, where as trekkie sounds like Star Trek nerdom(which I like).
Mmmhhh  a second 3. interesting. Not really, except that I watch Star Trek everyday(I have all the episodes on DVD). I do have some memorabilia but it's not much and wouldn't call it a tradition. I've never been to a convention, but I would like to someday, weird as I've been wanting to for about a decade, just never got around to it. Kind of like the Star Trek experience, never saw it in it's original form, and now I have to wait till it is finished moving and being set up at it's new home(still in Vegas).
4. no, but I do know one word, Qapla'(success). no not really, that I know of anyway, however I've invented a drinking game to Star Trek where they use a certain term in an episode(enable, reconfigure, etc...) then you have to take a drink, my case it's beer.
5. My philisophical beliefs come from everywhere, including Star Trek, Bruce Lee, Jesus Christ, Buddha, John Lennon, Martin Luther King Jr. and even The Dune Universe by Frank Herbert. I don't believe in religion, I am spiritual, but who knows. I just try and believe in life and live my life the way I do. To be understanding and don't be troublesome to much and to any kind of high degree(me at least). I take what I believe to be a good thought or idea and try to use it in my life, when I can, might not always succeed but I do try and never give up hope. I'm a believer in humanity.

7. Deep Space Nine, my favorite show by the way as well. So dark yet still Star Trek, I love that. Life is like that Light and Dark forever interchanging forever mingling.

Can't think of much else really. Peace and Long Life.

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Report this Nov. 08 2009, 2:38 am

Quote (SpotTheCat90 @ Nov. 07 2009, 7:30 pm)
Hello!

For my sociology class this semester, I'm required to write a paper about a culture or subculture. ?I decided to write about Trekkies. ?I need interviews as sources, so if anybody wants to briefly answer any of these questions, I'd be grateful!

1. ?First of all, do you consider yourself a Trekkie?

2. ?What does that mean to you; that is, what does it take to be considered a Trekkie?

3. ?What's the difference between Trekkie and Trekker?

3. ?Do you have certain traditions, like attending conventions regularly or collecting Star Trek memorabilia?

4. ?Do you speak Klingon? :p Aside from Trekkie/Trekker, are there any important "language" elements or special terms used by Trekkies?

5. ?If you're willing to share, what are your religious/philisophical beliefs and how do you think they relate to Star Trek, if at all? (Personally, I wouldn't consider this vital to the paper, but my professor wants a section covering this. . .)

6. ?Which Star Trek opening theme is your favorite? (Mine's Voyager's)

I'm terrible at this; I can't think of anything else. ?If there's something important I missed or you want to share, please go ahead.

Thanks!

1. Yes. My first exposure to Star Trek came from my mother, who loved TOS (The Original Series). I was 3 or 4 and didn't really like TOS at the time because of the special effects, but enjoyed the movies. TNG was my way into the show and originally my Mom and I argued over which of the two shows were better. After TNG's first season I went back to TOS, ate it up, and was addicted to it all. My mom and I went on to convince each other that both shows were of equal greatness. Eventually DS9, VGR, and ENT all came out and I love those shows too. I was raised on Star Trek from 3 to 25.

2. I can relate to displacedvulcan's answer about being able to quote or give a synopsis of the episode within 2 min - LOL! I personally try to ID the episode's title within 5 to 20 seconds (and this is for all five series). But this is all for fun and I don't believe it to be a requirement by any means. Ultimately, I believe being a Trekkie or Trekker is having a show or shows that you can rally around; having an understanding of IDIC: Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations; and principally understanding that at its core - Star Trek is a hopeful, optimistic message of peace to be attained through the exploration of diversity.

3. Like Vice_Adm_Baxter said, Trekkie was originally created as a derogatory term or pun and later Trekker was created by the fans. I have heard many TOS fans proclaim themselves to be Trekkies, whereas TNG, VGR, DS9 & ENT fans go with Trekkers, though in truth the line is blurred. Others have created the term Trekiers. Many more don't see a difference. All agree we love Star Trek.

I use to attend conventions and collect toys when I was a kid. Trek conventions died down where I lived when I entered my early teens. So now I spend my money on Jimmy Buffett (who drops Star Trek references into his songs) Concerts. I do have all the series and 10 movies on DVD. I'll casually watch shows when I come across them on television too. Every now and again I'll get an urge to watch specific episodes and throw them into the DVD player - this urge typically results in Trekathons. Right now I'm more in a tradition of watching the sci fi series "Doctor Who". I have many years of catching up on this series, but I've found it's the only sci fi series that is on an equal level of greatness to Star Trek. I credit Trek for my interest in "Who".

4. The only Klingon I speak comes from the bits they've shown in the series and movies. As I understand it though "Kirk" (as in Captain Kirk) is a profane insult in Klingon. Special terms... Trekathon's denote a lineup of episodes. Technobabble, but this is common to most sci fi, though some Trekkers refer to it more specifically as Treknobabble; there's the classic greeting/goodbye of "Live Long and Prosper" and its response of "Peace and Long Life" both said while giving the customary 'V' hand salute. The highly astute are capable of using both hands to present the 'V' hand salute. Star Trek 'Canon', or material that is considered to be real, is a term that will be referenced quite a bit and is a topic that is debated quite frequently. There are constant discussions, arguments, and speculations over the fictional history of the show.

5. I don't believe in organized religion (Two is company, three's a crowd, four and more is a cult). I think it should be kept behind locked doors between two consenting adults. However, I do believe that religions around the world try to embrace peace as a philosophy, only most religions if not all are mismanaged. While I try to have no religious affiliations, I do gravitate toward the philosophies of Buddhism and Rastafarianism for the peaceful messages they convey.

My personal philosophy on life is the golden rule; respect diversity; balance logic and emotion; relax, laugh, and be happy. Is there a GOD? What is GOD? Is GOD a set of mathematical equations or the rules governing the universe? He, she, or it? Is there one GOD or are there many GODS? Is GOD an ocean of life and an individual a single drop from that ocean? Honestly, I don't know. I don't have the answers and I'm fine with that. I think anyone who says they know is either lying or crazy. Inevitably, one day I'm going to die and find out those answers or get a little closer to them, and I'm fine patiently waiting in the meantime. I think it's more important to do as much good as we can where we are right now.

6. Star Trek: The Motion Picture's theme is perfect. I also love Enterprise's history of flight montage.

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Report this Nov. 08 2009, 11:00 am

1. Yes, I am a Trekkie.
2. Well, you have to like Trek. Or, maybe even love Trek.
3. About $10,000 a year.
4. I was goin to learn Klingon when the Dictionary came out. But, even as a Trekie, I realized that I have better ways to waste my time.
5. IDIC is a philosophy I've gotten from the show. I've always believed that you judge a peson by what they do and how they act, not by who they are, i.e. skin color/race.
6. TOS opening is my fav. It's what I grew up with.

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Report this Nov. 08 2009, 6:58 pm

Quote (SpotTheCat90 @ Nov. 07 2009, 7:30 pm)
Hello!

For my sociology class this semester, I'm required to write a paper about a culture or subculture.  I decided to write about Trekkies.  I need interviews as sources, so if anybody wants to briefly answer any of these questions, I'd be grateful!

1.  First of all, do you consider yourself a Trekkie?

2.  What does that mean to you; that is, what does it take to be considered a Trekkie?

3.  What's the difference between Trekkie and Trekker?

4.  Do you have certain traditions, like attending conventions regularly or collecting Star Trek memorabilia?

5.  Do you speak Klingon? :p Aside from Trekkie/Trekker, are there any important "language" elements or special terms used by Trekkies?

6.  If you're willing to share, what are your religious/philosophical beliefs and how do you think they relate to Star Trek, if at all? (Personally, I wouldn't consider this vital to the paper, but my professor wants a section covering this. . .)

7.  Which Star Trek opening theme is your favorite? (Mine's Voyager's)

I'm terrible at this; I can't think of anything else.  If there's something important I missed or you want to share, please go ahead.

Thanks!

1. No, Not really. People call me a trekkie but that's because I love Star Trek and I know a lot about it. I have been a life long fan but I don't call myself a "Trekkie" or "Trekker".

2. For a person to be considered a "Trekkie", they just like Star Trek a lot and is Fanatical.

3. Not that much really. A Trekkie and a Trekker are both sets of fans that like Star Trek in some form. I actually consider a "Trekker" to be a traveler that travels to many places, mostly on foot. When I think of the term Trekker, I think of a traveler not a Star Trek fan.

4. Not really. I've attended groups and Fan clubs about Star Trek. I'm not really into Conventions. I don't go out and buy Trek memorabilia, I get them as gifts.  I've bought books and DVDs though. I've worn Star Trek costumes to costume parties but really nothing special.

5. No, I do not speak Klingon. However, I once was involved with someone that did and I made him a special card using the characters from the Klingon language. There are special terms used by "Trekkies" but in my experience, the ones I have been friends with refer to things and it's usually taken like an inside joke.

6. I am a religious free agent and don't really belong to any one particular group but liking Star Trek has no impact on my beliefs.

7. I have two favorite opening themes: Deep Space Nine and Voyager.

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Report this Nov. 08 2009, 8:13 pm

Well, I wouldn't be posting here if I weren't, would I?

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Report this Nov. 08 2009, 8:15 pm

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Well, I wouldn't be posting here if I weren't, would I?

There are six other questions to answer. :p
Help the person out. :)

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Report this Nov. 08 2009, 8:50 pm

Quote (SpotTheCat90 @ Nov. 07 2009, 7:30 pm)
Hello!

For my sociology class this semester, I'm required to write a paper about a culture or subculture. ¿I decided to write about Trekkies. ¿I need interviews as sources, so if anybody wants to briefly answer any of these questions, I'd be grateful!

1. ¿First of all, do you consider yourself a Trekkie?

2. ¿What does that mean to you; that is, what does it take to be considered a Trekkie?

3. ¿What's the difference between Trekkie and Trekker?

3. ¿Do you have certain traditions, like attending conventions regularly or collecting Star Trek memorabilia?

4. ¿Do you speak Klingon? :p Aside from Trekkie/Trekker, are there any important "language" elements or special terms used by Trekkies?

5. ¿If you're willing to share, what are your religious/philisophical beliefs and how do you think they relate to Star Trek, if at all? (Personally, I wouldn't consider this vital to the paper, but my professor wants a section covering this. . .)

6. ¿Which Star Trek opening theme is your favorite? (Mine's Voyager's)

I'm terrible at this; I can't think of anything else. ¿If there's something important I missed or you want to share, please go ahead.

Thanks!

1. Yes, because I love watching Star Trek(DS9)
2. enjoying the show
3. Trekkie is the traditional term, which I prefer-Trekker just seems a bit snooty
3 (you have 2 '3's). I can't afford such customs
4. No, I don't speak Klingon
5. I'm not real good at explaining anything philisophical or religious. Sorry about that

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Report this Nov. 08 2009, 9:54 pm

Quote (SpotTheCat90 @ Nov. 07 2009, 7:30 pm)
1. ¿First of all, do you consider yourself a Trekkie?

2. ¿What does that mean to you; that is, what does it take to be considered a Trekkie?

3. ¿What's the difference between Trekkie and Trekker?

3. ¿Do you have certain traditions, like attending conventions regularly or collecting Star Trek memorabilia?

4. ¿Do you speak Klingon? :p Aside from Trekkie/Trekker, are there any important "language" elements or special terms used by Trekkies?

5. ¿If you're willing to share, what are your religious/philisophical beliefs and how do you think they relate to Star Trek, if at all? (Personally, I wouldn't consider this vital to the paper, but my professor wants a section covering this. . .)

6. ¿Which Star Trek opening theme is your favorite? (Mine's Voyager's)

1. Most definitly :D

2. I'd say being a fan of the series would be enough, and watching more than one episode.  And seeing more films than the latest one.

3. Uh... no clue, sorry!

4. Nope.

5. I really don't have a religion, so I don't think that would relate to ST in any way.

6. Most definily TNG's. :D

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Report this Nov. 10 2009, 9:00 am

1.  First of all, do you consider yourself a Trekkie?

Yes, I consider myself a trekkie.  I proudly call myself a trekkie, my ex-husband and I met at a Star Trek Marathon.  Both our children love all Trek. My sister loves Star Trek, she¿s a TOS and TNG fan.  Our mother was a trekkie.  I love all Trek, but my greatest love is TOS (and their movies).  Voyager is my second favorite crew.  

2.  What does that mean to you; that is, what does it take to be considered a Trekkie?

I consider my self a mildly intelligent, thoughtful person , with a liberal view on most things in life.  I spend much of my leisure time talking to other Star Trek Fans, and no matter what age we are, or what gender or what race or creed or colour, what we do for a living or what country we live in, we have this thing in common, we love Star Trek and we want to ¿talk trek¿ with others¿and I know that I speak for many other trekkies when I say, it¿s a feeling ¿ a warm feeling inside, around the heart, the throat and the third eye, that fills you with love and admiration for what Star Trek does and what it gives and what it¿s trying to say.  We know it¿s only a television show, but there¿s a lot more to it than first meets the eye.

To me there are many different types of trekkies, but all have one thing in common, we love Trek

3.  What's the difference between Trekkie and Trekker?

Look I am not qualified to comment on that subject; I have my own theories, but there are people who profess to having been there at the time and they say the term ¿Trekker¿ is the correct one for original fans, who chose the word over the term coined by the press ¿ ¿trekkie¿. However I have always called myself a ¿trekkie¿ from a very early time. It all comes down to ¿what¿s in a name?¿

3.  Do you have certain traditions, like attending conventions regularly or collecting Star Trek memorabilia?

I am part of a number of on-line Star Trek based communities. I am a member here at Startrek.com and also on LiveJournel Communities. Both communities I belong to have different community rules, traditions and celebrations. If you mean by traditions, cultural observances, then yes, but with varying degrees of the enforcement of taboos. On my LiveJournal communities we have absolutely no shame about our level of fandom, we share pornographic literature with each other as almost daily community sharing. People produce fanart, post videos,

On a lighter note, yes I also collect Star Trek Memorabilia, but I am in a minimalist stage at the moment. I have a few choice items, which I love dearly and a couple of toys that I play with and my Star Trek XI Black Baseball cap with the Starfleet Ingnia is one of my favorite things, because I can wear it out and show my fandom

4.  Do you speak Klingon? :p Aside from Trekkie/Trekker, are there any important "language" elements or special terms used by Trekkies?

No, I don¿t speak Klingon, although like all trekkies, I know a couple of Klingon words, but that¿s it (I need those subtitles¿LOL).

In the Kirk/Spock communities, we have certain words and phrases, and memes that are almost exclusive to our fandom and interests.

5.  If you're willing to share, what are your religious/philisophical beliefs and how do you think they relate to Star Trek, if at all? (Personally, I wouldn't consider this vital to the paper, but my professor wants a section covering this. . .)

Hmmm, that is a big question, which seems hard to answer with any depth. But here goes¿I believe in  higher power, but not a judgmental ¿big daddy god¿ I believe that we are incredible creatures, we humans and Star Trek celebrates man¿s journey of discovery and our ability to live with integrity and striving towards some higher ideals. From a very early age Star Trek showed me important issues, both social and personal, and even Universal and taught me to ask questions about who¿s the oppressor and who is the oppressed. It taught me to wonder about what¿s out there in our immediate Galaxy and how will man fare in his travels to the stars,

6.  Which Star Trek opening theme is your favorite? (Mine's Voyager's)

I think Voyagers opening theme and credits are my the best, but I always have a soft spot for TOS, because let¿s face it, it¿s iconic, it¿s simple and to the points, and it inspired generations of people with it¿s ¿Space, the final frontier.

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