Jindra Star Trek Popular Culture as Religion

Jindra Star Trek - Popular Culture as Religion Michael Jindra Its About faith in Our Future Star Trek Fandom as Cultural Religion There are many

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Popular Culture as Religion Michael Jindra Its About faith in Our Future: Star Trek Fandom as Cultural Religion
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There are many audio-visual productions in American history that have left a big mark on our popular culture. Television and film have helped make popular culture a dominating force in our society.
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Popular Culture in History Historically, there has always been a relationship between popular culture and religion. We can cite the example of medieval fairs, harvest festival of such occurrences.
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Medieval Fair
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Perhaps the best place to look for such connections between religion and popular culture would the film “Shakespeare in Love.”
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That historical connection between religion and popular culture has now been lost.
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The author takes the example of the TV show Star Trek and its fans to argue that some popular cultural phenomena have functional equivalents in the area of religion.
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Star Trek: The Original Series First began in 1966. 80 episodes were produced of which 79 were televised. The show went into syndication after it was cancelled in 1968. This cancellation spawned the phenomena we today know as ‘Trekkie’ mania.
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Since the start of ‘Trekkie’ mania there have been fan magazines, toys, video games, cartoons and spoofs of the TV show. The most famous spoof being ‘Galaxy Quest.’ Everyone remembers the phrase “never retreat, never surrender” from this movie. Merchandizing Star Trek items is a big industry. There are Star Trek conventions, reunions and fairs that take place all over the US and the world.
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Sam Rockwell in Galaxy Quest Playing the Character “Guy”
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The original Star Trek series spawned many later spin-offs such as Star Trek: The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager and Enterprise. Of these The Next Generation spin-off
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This note was uploaded on 04/28/2008 for the course RLST 012 taught by Professor Hamid during the Winter '08 term at UC Riverside.

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Jindra Star Trek - Popular Culture as Religion Michael Jindra Its About faith in Our Future Star Trek Fandom as Cultural Religion There are many

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