What No One Has Asked Before

Obviously I've been a bit delinquent in posting regularly. While having a job (for the time being, Heaven help me) does have something to do with it, I'm not interested in making excuses, and no doubt you're not interested in reading them. (Or maybe you are. Maybe I should start posting my personal log entries instead of intellectually stimulating content. Maybe I should start using Facebook and Twitter so you can follow all the irrelevant minutiae of my everyday goings-on. Maybe I should set up an all-hours webcam in my room, or attach it to my forehead. Or maybe not.)

However, I will say that one reason I've not been posting regularly is that I'm a little short of ideas I'd like to write about. I do keep a list of possible topics to discuss here, but for the most part they call for the sort of involved, laborious academic bludgeoning to which you've been repeatedly subjected in the several series of multiple-post-dissertations below. In a word, I'd like to have some lighter subject matter.

To that end, consider this post an invitation: I'd like to know what you, dear reader, would like me to write about. All suggestions are welcome, and indeed, even ultimately impertinent topics may lead to viable ideas.

So please, leave a comment and let me know what you'd like subjected to my inescapable scrutiny and analysis.


  1. What about themes of othering religions in Star Trek? I've been noticing that the Christian outlook one would expect in a series from that time period (cf. original BSG) is minimal. Does it other offworld religions? What about that episode with the Yangs and the Kohms, and the Yang's holy words?

    I dunno. I vaguely remember there was something else I thought you should write on. Probably about videogames. But I can't remember it now -_-

  2. There are definitely a few episodes of Old Trek of interest in terms of a religious outlook which seem to clash with Gene Roddenberry's fairly clear stance of humanist atheism. They might be interesting to discuss, but I'm not certain there's much to say about them beyond either 'maybe Roddenberry was a Christian after all' or 'maybe Roddenberry and his writers felt they had to do lip service to mainstream Christian sensibilities of the 1960s'.

    The original series does also have the classic thread of 'gods-are-really-aliens' explanatory reductionism. Again, while we could talk about it, I don't know that there's much to say other than that such a view is present in the series, supporting the atheism which (for the most part) it presents.

    Of course, combining these two lines of inquiry, we could point out the contradiction between the series' apparent atheism on the one hand, and its occasionally painfully evident Christian bias on the other. But having pointed out that contradiction, once again I don't imagine there's a great deal to be done but acknowledge it.

  3. Just wanted to add that attaching a web-cam to your face or having one in your room would make it hard for those who are camera shy to get near you. And that would be sad.
    My mind was recently melted in battle so I have no interesting topic oriented questions to offer you. For what it's worth though I like the involved, laborious academic bludgeoning. It forces me to actually think about something occasionally.

  4. The trouble is that the involved, laborious academic bludgeoning also forces ME to actually think about something occasionally. x___X