February 25th, 2010

Star Trek and Freud

I couldn't think of a better place to ask this than ontd_startrek :D

In a class I'm taking on Freud, Marx and Nietzsche, we are required to write two papers throughout the semester on basically anything we'd like. My friend, knowing my love of Star Trek, suggested I combine fandom with Freud. She remembered a former classmate who wrote a paper on Freud's theory of the Id, Ego and Superego and outlined, respectively, how Kirk, Bones and Spock are examples of this structural model. I think this is absolute genius, and I want to delve into it head first.

That is where all of you come in! Comment here, please, with suggestions, comments, facts, theories, anything you think might help me to get started.

<3 <3

ETA: Whoa, thank you SO much for all the comments so far!! I knew I could count on you guys... keep 'em coming :D :D

And of course I'll share the paper with you all when I'm done! <3
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Potential research paper on Trek and Heroes

Hi everyone! I'm doing an independent study research paper on Internet fandom and have to come up with a topic by 8th March.

And my prof suggested that I compare Star Trek fandom and Heroes fandom. He said I could explore how the two fandoms differ (Trek fandom being old school fandom from the 1960s, with fanzines and conventions and all; Heroes fandom being very much a product of the Internet age, with mostly online communities); how the fans of both experience fandom, how the two fandoms interact, and so on. I'm majoring in Communications & New Media, so I'll probably have to focus more on how new media like the Internet has changed fandom, and how, using Trek and Heroes as a case study.


For those of you in one or both of those fandoms, do you have any stories to share? Especially if you've been in Trek fandom for several decades (or at least pre-Internet) and can compare how fandom has changed since then.

I might not be doing that topic in the end, but so far I haven't got any other ideas and I thought it might be interesting to see what I could write on if I do.

Any help would be really appreciated, thanks!

Rest in Peace, Andrew Koenig

Andrew Koenig may be dead, according to Vancouver Police. The Vancouver Police Department released a press release today saying a body was found in Stanley Park today, and it is believed to be that of missing actor Andrew Koenig.

The full VPD press release:

"Vancouver Police are investigating the discovery of a body found in Stanley Park around noon today. The body is believed to be that of Andrew Koenig. 

More details will be confirmed at a press conference being held at 5:00 today, in which the Koenig family will be present, and the information will be posted on our website at vpd.ca under Media Releases at that time.

The press conference will be held at the Vancouver Police Mounted Squad stables in Stanley Park.  The entrance is the first left after the Rose Garden on Pipeline Drive."

Koenig was last seen by friends on the 14th of February, and his disappearance has received a lot of media attention. The former child star's parents have been very vocal since Koenig went missing, asking anyone with information about their son to come forward.


Actor Andrew Koenig
, missing since February 14, was found dead in Vancouver, British Colombia, Thursday, a source close to the family told CNN.

The body of the former "Growing Pains" star was found in a park, according to the source, who spoke to Koenig's father after Koenig was informed of the discovery.

The source asked not to be named because of the sensitivity of the matter.

Koenig, 41, was reported missing by his parents after he missed a flight to Los Angeles from Vancouver last week.

Vancouver police confirmed a body was found in Stanley Park around noon Thursday, but they would say only that it was "believed to be that of Andrew Koenig."

A police news conference was set for 5 p.m. PT (8 p.m. ET)


I'm so, so sad you guys. I've been so devastated for his family as I've been following this story. I think we should do something for Walter and his wife and daughter. Send them letters or cards, maybe. Just something to let them know we're thinking of them. Donating to an organization in Andrew's name has also been suggested to me. What do you think?


From Walter Koenig's website:
DO NOT contact Walter or his family at this time using their private emails unless it is an emergency.
The family is truly touched by the outpouring of support and love, and it means a great deal to them.
They greatly appreciate your thoughts, prayers, and support:
it is bolstering their spirits in this difficult time.

It then goes on to say that if you would like to write them a personal note, to do so at the website's forum, which can be found HERE. You do not need to register to leave a note.

I think it would be a good idea to leave a note there instead of bombard the poor family with tons of snail mail.

It seems a lot of you really want to do a group donation to an organization in Andrews name. I knew there was a reason I loved all you lovely, caring, generous GQMFs. <3

So, I definitely think we should get this ball rolling on this idea. I, personally, don't have a clue as to how to organize something like this and get it started. If anyone who possibly has a bit more experience with organizing stuff like this would like to take the reigns, you are more than welcome and I'm willing to help assist you in the organization process. I just don't want to screw things up if I go it alone, ya know? :/ If you're interested in organizing the donation, and would like my help, let me know.