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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. (2018). Personal heroism through fact and fiction: Safeguarding truth and freedom in the utopia of star trek and the whistle-blowing of Edward Snowden. In Heroism and Wellbeing in the 21st Century: Applied and Emerging Perspectives (pp. 86-100). doi:10.4324/9781315409023

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9781138222014

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85046919838

Web Of Science Accession Number


Book Title


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

Start Page


  • 86

End Page


  • 100

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. (2018). Personal heroism through fact and fiction: Safeguarding truth and freedom in the utopia of star trek and the whistle-blowing of Edward Snowden. In Heroism and Wellbeing in the 21st Century: Applied and Emerging Perspectives (pp. 86-100). doi:10.4324/9781315409023

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9781138222014

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85046919838

Web Of Science Accession Number


Book Title


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

Start Page


  • 86

End Page


  • 100