Notes

“We can’t see Star Trek for our very idea of it.”

At Strange Horizons, Erin Horáková writes about popular culture, popular memory, popular forgetting, popular reworking, “receptive drag,” and “Kirk Drift”: “Why can’t we see what’s in front of us? Why can’t we read? Why do we remember green women, molested, when there weren’t any, and the wrong ‘three little words?’ Why has Kirk Drift occurred, affecting this character and this text? I contend this is not just random mismemory, but a sort of motivated, non-accidental, culture-wide process of forgetting. It’s the result of a kyriarchal tendency in reception and in memory that affects not only the reboots, but even our ability to see what happens in a text. Even when it’s right before our eyes, we can’t see Star Trek for our idea of it.”

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