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Star Trek Fans Are Really Good Fact-Checkers

 by Danielle Maestretti


Tags: Media, Star Trek, Trekkies, newspapers, corrections, fact-checking, Craig Silverman, Regret the Error, Columbia Journalism Review, Danielle Maestretti,

Star Trek 2009 posterThe new Star Trek has unleashed a slew of inaccuracies about the franchise in newspapers across the country, and detail-oriented devotees aren’t letting them get away with it. Craig Silverman, editor of the fantastic newspaper-correction-spotter RegretTheError.com, tracks a series of Star Trek–related flubs—and subsequent corrections issued by editors bombarded with letters from Trekkies—in his most recent column for the Columbia Journalism Review:

The superfans deserve credit for being so diligent and outspoken. They seek out mistakes contained in the far reaches of every newspaper and set their emails to stun. And they’re on the hunt at all times…

Source: Columbia Journalism Review

Image by alfredituzz :B, licensed under Creative Commons. 

bill_6
5/22/2009 4:08:53 PM

They wouldn't be trekkies if they were hot and getting laid by hotties, - they wouldn't care about Star Trek in depth. Star Trek is their substitute passion.


pat_3
5/15/2009 5:26:06 PM

Not being a "Trekie" I really don't care about the many inaccuracies in the movie. The movie is fiction and as such was very entertaining. I liked the way the new players matched up to the originals.


tom hendricks
5/15/2009 11:40:59 AM

The movie is fun and the visuals are outstanding with a lot of how-did-they-do-that moments. But the psychology is strickly 1950's TV westerns, and personally I could have done without the 1930's style orchestra track - the film is so much better when the music stops and the suspense can build without the string section telling you how to feel! One of the fun parts of the original was that the crew got along and worked as a team - they figured basic personality problems would be resolved - and I tend to think that may happen in our time as we find ways to resolve food in and waste out patterns set in early childhood! And speaking of health, note that apparently they have no better cut fixer in the future than a slow acting neosporen LOL.