Star Trek And Models Of Multiculturalism

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Star Trek has stood for decades as a significant pop culture phenomenon in America as well as around the world with the advent of media globalization. Its Sci-Fi appeal to the masses makes the projected social issues through allegory and casting choices impactful to a certain degree. As John Meredyth Lucas was quoted saying in Bernardi’s article (1997), Star Trek gave producers, directors and writers "a free rein to touch on any number of subjects", such as “anti-Vietnam stories” and “civil rights movement stories” to name a few. Gene Roddenbery, the creator and executive producer for Star Trek and several of its episodes (p.210), was also outspoken about the intentions of Star Trek to propagate humanism during his time (p.214). Benardi noted that Star Trek was aired at a time of social instability through the Cold War and Civil War, as well as era of social movements such as racism and feminism. Most writers of Star Trek took advantage of the strategic position to advance liberal ideas and counter-cultural plots through its production (p.210). Having only watched the latest Star Trek movie (2009) and found the interracial romance between Spock and Uhura intriguing, my interest in the rest of the franchise was piqued for this assignment. I continued my research by looking through scholastic articles that seek to analyze and critique the contents of Star Trek after I have watched 3 movies from the franchise, namely First Contact (1996), Insurrection (1999) and Nemesis (2002). However, it is notable that most of the literature is centered on racial themes for the earlier TV episodes rather than the later movies. Given that the current cultural mind-frames, racial allegories may not be as obvious or intentional as the earlier TV series for both the audiences and the producers. Star Trek producers seem much bolder than their contemporaries in airing controversial
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