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Personal Heroism Through Fact and Fiction Safeguarding Truth and Freedom in the Utopia of Star Trek and the Whistle-Blowing of Edward Snowden

Chapter


Abstract


  • This chapter scrutinizes popular perceptions of heroism through the act of personal truth-telling. It does so by conducting an analysis of a real-world example through the lens of one from popular culture; namely, the whistle-blowing of clandestine US surveillance programs by former NSA worker Edward Snowden for the former, with the egalitarian values and moral certitude of Captain Jean-Luc Picard in the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation for the latter. Through the work of utopian scholar Fredric Jameson, the chapter also locates the value of using an older text to articulate a newer example through a process of reverse historicization.

Publication Date


  • 2018

Citation


  • Comerford, C. "Personal Heroism Through Fact and Fiction Safeguarding Truth and Freedom in the Utopia of Star Trek and the Whistle-Blowing of Edward Snowden." Heroism and Wellbeing in the 21st Century Applied and Emerging Perspectives. Ed.O. Efthimiou, S. Allison & Z. E. Franco. New York: Routledge, 2018, 1.

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9781315409023

Book Title


  • Heroism and Wellbeing in the 21st Century Applied and Emerging Perspectives

Start Page


  • 1

Place Of Publication


  • New York

Abstract


  • This chapter scrutinizes popular perceptions of heroism through the act of personal truth-telling. It does so by conducting an analysis of a real-world example through the lens of one from popular culture; namely, the whistle-blowing of clandestine US surveillance programs by former NSA worker Edward Snowden for the former, with the egalitarian values and moral certitude of Captain Jean-Luc Picard in the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation for the latter. Through the work of utopian scholar Fredric Jameson, the chapter also locates the value of using an older text to articulate a newer example through a process of reverse historicization.

Publication Date


  • 2018

Citation


  • Comerford, C. "Personal Heroism Through Fact and Fiction Safeguarding Truth and Freedom in the Utopia of Star Trek and the Whistle-Blowing of Edward Snowden." Heroism and Wellbeing in the 21st Century Applied and Emerging Perspectives. Ed.O. Efthimiou, S. Allison & Z. E. Franco. New York: Routledge, 2018, 1.

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9781315409023

Book Title


  • Heroism and Wellbeing in the 21st Century Applied and Emerging Perspectives

Start Page


  • 1

Place Of Publication


  • New York