Star Trek: Journey into the Fictional Representation of Politics

Star Trek drew major inspiration from the political and social environment of the time, as these events drastically characterised the ethos and morality of the show as well as creating a more vivid world for the audience. This is something that was extremely relevant in the early iteration of the series, however was completely neglected in the more modern iteration of Star Trek in favour of mindless action and mainstream appeal. For the sake of our analysis, we are going to compare The Original Series (TOS) and The Next Generation (TNG) to the more modern shows, as to figure out why things have changed so drastically.

Fake News and COVID-19: The Spreading of a “Disinfodemic”

Covid-19 dramatically enhanced people’s need for information. During this global pandemic, mainstream media had the responsibility to provide audiences with reliable, useful news. However, studies show that that this has not always been the case. In fact, data suggests that mainstream media has often favoured audience engagement over press accuracy.

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“I Can’t Breathe.” These are the words that have shook the world. The crude murder of George Floyd by a member of the Minneapolis Police Department has started a chain of reaction that now sees Minnesota’s chief town in riot. And yes, I said murder, for the action of former police officer Derek Chauvin cannot just be dismissed as an excess of force during the arrest. Yet, as an act of manslaughter guided by racial hate. And as such, it begets anger from those who cannot just stand by for such events.

The Parasite of Capitalism

From Parasite to a parasite, that is how the global focus has shifted in these first months of the nefarious 2020.

Unfortunately, just weeks later another parasite ramped on into the spotlight, with the breaking of the novel Coronavirus infecting over 200.000 people in the span of just two months, bringing the world into quarantine.

However, these two “parasites” share a similar menacing truth: they inherit flaws of the capitalist system which now more than ever is exposing its true unnatural features.