Re: Borg... sounds swedish (Review, Rants, Spoilers and Speculation)

Michael Lorrey (
Fri, 30 May 1997 19:17:53 -0400 wrote:
> On Fri, 30 May 1997, Anders Sandberg wrote:
> > [stuff about the film, Star Trek: First Contact]
> >
> > doesn't change it much. If the Borg was a bit nicer about it and used
> > guile, it could probably assimilate more effectively (but that would
> > make them too subtle villains to be interesting in the series).
> >
> No, this would simply make them an outright mirror-image of the Federation
> itself.

An interesting point of view. If one were to take the supposed view of
aliens as they see Federation humans, then exaggerrate and amplify the
worst culltural characteristics, you would get the Borg. In a similar
fashion, as I pointed out several years ago, the Ferrenghi are similarly
distorted visions of Americans to many foreigners. If you look up the
word Ferreghi in, I beleive an Arab dictionary, one will find a term
that loosly means a dirty money grubbing infidel westerner.

			Michael Lorrey
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