Recurrent Themes – Members of the Press
Oh, the press! I suppose I have a bit of a love-hate set of feelings for them. They are, of course, necessary in a democracy. But they can be awfully intrusive. I well recall reading about Princess Diana‘s death, from a car crash after being chased (and horribly hounded) by paparazzi.
So I’m kind of ambivalent when it comes to the Fourth Estate.
In Soldiers’ Marriage Project, and in Flight of the Bluebird, Rona is gossipy, yes (it’s her job; she’s a gossip columnist) and over the top. But she’s sensitive to people, and doesn’t take advantage of her sources and connections, and doesn’t belittle anyone except for her third ex-husband, Maurizio D’Angelo. And she even apologizes to him at the end of Flight of the Bluebird.
He is a Daranaean reporter, seen in Take Back the Night. In keeping with that species’ sexist ways, he mainly asks the crew of the NX-01 about their marital statuses and whether they have children. He’s a bit shocked to learn that Erika Hernandez is a captain, Jonathan has never married, Malcolm is a father but isn’t married to Lili, and Phlox has three wives who each have three husbands. Lucy is another bit of a shock for him, that she is unmarried, has a daughter and she’s the one working, whereas her ex is the one at home taking care of their daughter.
Craethe reports on Mistra’s trial, back to an unnamed anchorman in the studio. There is also an unnamed field reporter who reports on the protests that go on outside the trial. He even meets up with the Alpha’s Prime Wife, Dratha, and comments on her smell (an evocation of her beauty) rather than her intelligence.
In Where the Wind Comes Sweepin’ Down the Plain, he’s an anchorman in an alternate timeline and reports on a riot at what turns out to be where Otra is being kept. He comments on footage that contains an image of Anthony Parker with an axe.
No doubt there will be more reporters and newscasters in my Star Trek fan fiction’s future, as the news, and the free reporting thereof, are an essential (yet sometimes abrasive) element in any democracy.