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Trekkie or Trekker

Beershark

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Report this Jan. 20 2011, 10:48 pm

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The original is Trekkie. The term Trekker evolved in the 80's. When the movies started coming out, there was turned out to be more fans then believed. These fresh out of the closet fans were yuppies who balked at being called Trekkie. They did not want to be lumped in with those they viewed as freaks, geeks, nerds and mamma's boys. They devised the term Trekker to better fit their self important lives. Most First generation fans, like myself, who remember when it was just Star Trek, no movies, no spinoffs. Mr. Roddenberry gave us the designation Trekkies, and that is good enough for me.
Ummm no you have your history wrong.. The term "Trekkie" was term coined by the press when the fans were doing a write in campaign to save TOS from being canceled after season 2. The term "Trekker" was the name the fans gave themselves because they did not want to be labeled by the press in a negative light. I've been a Trekker since the early 70's and it is indeed a journey


Well I've been a TREKKIE since 1967, and the way to defeat a stereotype is to change minds, not labels. That's why I reject the term Trekker. I am Trekkie and THAT is nothing negative.
Trekkers should be set adrift in a disabled shuttle craft somewhere near the Romulan neutral zone.

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Report this Jan. 21 2011, 9:25 am

I was born when TOS' first run, so I don't remember life without Star Trek. I don't remember where/when I first heard the term "trekkie", but I've always considered myself in that group.

Yes, I've heard different arguments trying to identify different characteristics between 'trekkie' & 'trekker' - often conflicting with each other. Really - they're just similar names for fans of Star Trek - and as with all things - there are different aspects of fans. (Just take a look at sports fans.)

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Report this Jan. 21 2011, 12:53 pm

Gene Roddenberry came up with TREKKIE.....Who can ardue with our creator

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Report this Jan. 21 2011, 12:56 pm

Quote: jeffhaggard@yahoo.com @ Jan. 21 2011, 12:53 pm

Gene Roddenberry came up with TREKKIE.....Who can ardue with our creator



Bingo! Trekkie all the way! =D

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Report this Jan. 22 2011, 7:31 am

Trekkie as named by my Father


 


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Report this Jan. 22 2011, 2:54 pm

It depends on your point of view on the terms. IMO Trekker sounds sophisticated then trekkie, however trekkie seems to be a more mainstream term used for trek fans. In the end it comes down to which you prefer to be called in the end.

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Report this Jan. 22 2011, 7:51 pm

i prefer Trekker. i agree with you camorite with it sounding more sophisticated.

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Report this Jan. 22 2011, 7:54 pm

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Found this clickin around. Thought it was appropriate for this thread.

A Trekker wears a starfleet uniform to a convention because it's fun.
A Trekkie wears a starfleet uniform to a convention because s/he has
heard that it is in style at the academy.

A Trekker has a Starfleet Academy window sticker on his car.
A Trekkie is cramming for the entrance exams.

A Trekker meets Marina Sirtis/Gates McFadden at a convention, tells
her how pretty he thinks she is, that it is too bad she is
married or he would ask her out.
A Trekkie meets Deanna Troi/Dr. Crusher at a convention, tells her how
pretty he thinks she is, and asks her if she is still seeing Riker
(Picard, some alien patient, et al).

A Trekker loves watching the show, nitpicking and discussing it with
friends.
A Trekkie loves watching those documentaries filmed aboard the
Enterprise.

A Trekker thinks Wil Wheaton was a lucky kid who got to play a kid on
Star Trek.
A Trekkie thinks that Wesley Crusher was a lucky kid who got to sit on
the bridge.

A Trekker thinks that it is a shame that the show is coming to an end.
A Trekkie thinks that it is a shame that the crew is being reassigned
and the Enterprise is being decomissioned.

A Trekker knows that there are gaping holes in the technology, but
ignores them and enjoys the show.
A Trekkie can't wait for the price to come down on those home food
replicator units.

A Trekker buys pips for the rank s/he wants to be.
A Trekkie wonders why he is constantly passed over for promotion.

A Trekker tells his/her new girl/boyfriend that s/he really likes Star Trek.
A Trekkie's new girl/boyfriend is an underclassman at the academy.

A Trekker wonders what sex in zero g would be like.
A Trekkie wonders what sex would be like.


I like this ^ and i think it just about sums it up, lol.

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Report this Jan. 22 2011, 8:31 pm

Yanks! Well... I suppose that according to that list, I would be a Trekker.

Beershark

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Report this Jan. 23 2011, 12:39 am

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>Found this clickin around. Thought it was appropriate for this thread.

>A Trekker wears a starfleet uniform to a convention because it's fun.
A Trekkie wears a starfleet uniform to a convention because s/he has
heard that it is in style at the academy.

A Trekker has a Starfleet Academy window sticker on his car.
A Trekkie is cramming for the entrance exams.

A Trekker meets Marina Sirtis/Gates McFadden at a convention, tells
her how pretty he thinks she is, that it is too bad she is
married or he would ask her out.
A Trekkie meets Deanna Troi/Dr. Crusher at a convention, tells her how
pretty he thinks she is, and asks her if she is still seeing Riker
(Picard, some alien patient, et al).

A Trekker loves watching the show, nitpicking and discussing it with
friends.
A Trekkie loves watching those documentaries filmed aboard the
Enterprise.

A Trekker thinks Wil Wheaton was a lucky kid who got to play a kid on
Star Trek.
A Trekkie thinks that Wesley Crusher was a lucky kid who got to sit on
the bridge.

A Trekker thinks that it is a shame that the show is coming to an end.
A Trekkie thinks that it is a shame that the crew is being reassigned
and the Enterprise is being decomissioned.

A Trekker knows that there are gaping holes in the technology, but
ignores them and enjoys the show.
A Trekkie can't wait for the price to come down on those home food
replicator units.

A Trekker buys pips for the rank s/he wants to be.
A Trekkie wonders why he is constantly passed over for promotion.

A Trekker tells his/her new girl/boyfriend that s/he really likes Star Trek.
A Trekkie's new girl/boyfriend is an underclassman at the academy.

A Trekker wonders what sex in zero g would be like.
A Trekkie wonders what sex would be like.
Not that I don't have a sense of humor, because I do think that list is funny, but for the purposes of this thread there are some things I'd like to point out.


This is how real world prejudice works as well. Create a stereotype. Label the stereotype. Perpetuate the stereotype.


Trekkies and Trekkers are the same except for one major distinction. Shame. First we were all trekkies. Then someone somewhere decided that we all fit some negative stereotype. Some felt shame at this because they were fans, but not at all what this stereotype represented. To validate themselves as true Star Trek fans and yet distance themselves from that stereotype, they created a new label. Then to further distance themselves, they began to perpetuate the negative view of the Trekkie so they could present themselves as a Better class of fan.


According to this list, I would not qualify as either, but am closer to being a Trekker. I reject that wholeheartedly.


I am not only A trekkie, I AM Trekkie!


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Report this Jan. 23 2011, 12:48 am

I'm a trekkie. And I'm sorry, thinking another label like "trekker" is somehow more sophisticated is quite possibly one of the dorkiest things I've ever heard.

Own what you love. Trying to sound like less of a geek while geeking out about something is well...profoundly silly and utterly pointless.

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Report this Jan. 23 2011, 7:02 am

Quote: toranaprem @ Jan. 23 2011, 12:48 am

I'm a trekkie. And I'm sorry, thinking another label like "trekker" is somehow more sophisticated is quite possibly one of the dorkiest things I've ever heard.


and your point is?

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Report this Jan. 25 2011, 9:04 am

I've never labeled myself as either, because I'd feel like an imposter if I did so. I see a trekkie/trekker as a lifelong fan, as I have only just started watching it, I'm not that. Maybe in another twenty years I will be able to say, I am a trekkie/trekker. To me, there is no differences between the two words, they're interchangable.


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Report this Jan. 25 2011, 3:54 pm

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Found this clickin around. Thought it was appropriate for this thread.

A Trekker wears a starfleet uniform to a convention because it's fun.
A Trekkie wears a starfleet uniform to a convention because s/he has
heard that it is in style at the academy.

A Trekker has a Starfleet Academy window sticker on his car.
A Trekkie is cramming for the entrance exams.

A Trekker meets Marina Sirtis/Gates McFadden at a convention, tells
her how pretty he thinks she is, that it is too bad she is
married or he would ask her out.
A Trekkie meets Deanna Troi/Dr. Crusher at a convention, tells her how
pretty he thinks she is, and asks her if she is still seeing Riker
(Picard, some alien patient, et al).

A Trekker loves watching the show, nitpicking and discussing it with
friends.
A Trekkie loves watching those documentaries filmed aboard the
Enterprise.

A Trekker thinks Wil Wheaton was a lucky kid who got to play a kid on
Star Trek.
A Trekkie thinks that Wesley Crusher was a lucky kid who got to sit on
the bridge.

A Trekker thinks that it is a shame that the show is coming to an end.
A Trekkie thinks that it is a shame that the crew is being reassigned
and the Enterprise is being decomissioned.

A Trekker knows that there are gaping holes in the technology, but
ignores them and enjoys the show.
A Trekkie can't wait for the price to come down on those home food
replicator units.

A Trekker buys pips for the rank s/he wants to be.
A Trekkie wonders why he is constantly passed over for promotion.

A Trekker tells his/her new girl/boyfriend that s/he really likes Star Trek.
A Trekkie's new girl/boyfriend is an underclassman at the academy.

A Trekker wonders what sex in zero g would be like.
A Trekkie wonders what sex would be like.


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Report this Jan. 25 2011, 3:54 pm

Trekkie FOREVER!!!!!

I always party at Starbase 63!

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