Along the way, she has about a decade and a half of data analysis work under her belt and currently works as a blog coordinator for a high-end wedding blog and also as a blogger for hire (topics include diverse subjects like ad retargeting but also the nursing job market), and has a shingle out to work on social media presence, with a focus on independent authors as she is also a published science fiction author. Plus, she has been a community manager for a large Q & A website since 2002, which is before that existed as a job title.
She was raised on Long Island so, when she is riled up, the accent gallops back out and she can sound like Fran Drescher with a law degree. She lives in Boston with her husband of over 20 years and more computers than they need.
She can always be bribed with pie.
Latest posts by Janet Gershen-Siegel (see all)
- Semantic Shenanigans Episode 16 – Wakanda Driving Privileges - May 13, 2018
- Semantic Shenanigans Episode 15 – Coldplay Justice - January 27, 2018
- Indie Writer Woes – Protect Yourselves! - November 17, 2017
Semantic Shenanigans Show #11 – It Goes Up to Eleven
Eleven? Yes, eleven!
So our show (number eleven) is ready to download here.
First of all, Shanna has been spending time binge-watching Season 10 of the X-Files for a proposal for a panel for PCA/ACA (Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association. Plus she has been preparing for her prelims. There are SO. MANY. BOOKS. Eek!
Janet is up to her eyeballs in work and is scary busy. She blogs and writes articles for a living and the company (they do business credit counseling) is now having her submit articles to magazines such as Entrepreneur and Forbes. If she is published, she’ll tell everyone! Plus, on the writing side of things, Ladies Con was fun and included a book sale and a great panel on the Bechdel Test which people LOVED.
Star Trek Discovery
First of all, we wanted to bring up the new show, Star Trek Discovery. Spoiler alert: we both loved it! Shanna watched with her mother and then a second time with a friend who had never seen Star Trek. So the two episodes got him interested, and that is precisely what CBS wants! Janet absolutely loved it, particularly all of the nods both back to Enterprise and forward to The Original Series.
Most noteworthy, there were 9.6 million viewers on premiere night. Plus CBS attributes record number of single-day signups for All Access (though they don’t give a specific number). In addition, it is one of the most pirated shows. But please don’t pirate the show! Not paying means artists aren’t paid.
The Complaints About the Cost Can’t Really be About the Money, Because…
So we did a cost breakdown and discovered just how economical CBS All Access really is.
Shanna took a look at the cost of Star Trek Discovery on CBS All Access, versus the costs of other little luxuries.
- Cost of a single episode on services like iTunes and Amazon: $1.99-$3.99
Limited commercial CBS All Access option: $5.99/month
Average # of Discovery episodes per month: 4
- $5.99/4 = $1.50 per episode
IF YOU’RE WATCHING AFTER TREK, TOO…
- Average # of After Trek episodes per month: 4
- Star Trek Discovery + After Trek episodes per month = 8
- $5.99/8 = $.75 per episode
YOU CAN FIND THIS IN YOUR COUCH!!!!!
Furthermore, there was a time when you would’ve spent $14.95 for a single episode of Trek:
And $12.95 here:
- Average amount spent in one visit to national coffee house chain: $3.25
One per day in a 5-day work week: $16.25
Monthly cost: $65
Purists ruin everything
So we are getting awfully tired of gatekeepers. Check out this article on TV Tropes about FanDumb. Plus we also urge you to check out the Hollywood Reporter‘s article, Why Star Trek Fans are Wrong and Roberto Orci is Right, where they said:
“Fans are perceiving the original series not purely on its own merits, but instead within the context of everything else that came after it — so it’s a big mistake to use it as a yardstick to judge what Star Trek is or isn’t.”
We feel the biggest places where Trek purists are getting it wrong (and cranking their indignation up to eleven) are:
- Spock’s family
- The Klingons
- The prequel aesthetic
What we love about the Orville
Shanna adored the character development and complexity. And the best example is Kelly Grayson, a character who could have been one-dimensional, but isn’t. Janet has not yet gotten a chance to watch it. However, she knows that her fave actor Steven Culp will be on it so she will try to watch that episode.
The Orville vs. Discovery?
It doesn’t have to be either/or. It can be both! We also noticed these articles, Orville: the show Star Trek fans have been waiting for,
and The Orville’s Fourth Episode the most Star Trek So Far – Maybe Too Much.
Shanna thinks the Orville might be more comparable to MAS*H, in the sense that it is a mix of comedy and drama and can use comedy to comment on social issues.
The Problem with Opinion Rhetoric
(ties into current discourse about Trek and Orville but fandom in general)
Opinions should be open to change and growth. However, when they are set in concrete, they become beliefs. Shanna cited this Douglas Adams quote and also urges everyone to check out this article from SOTT: No, not all opinions are equal: An opinion piece about opinions.
Because it was a big news story, we even covered the death of Hugh Hefner, first citing his obituary in the New York Times. Reactions and historical information are both over the place. First of all, there is the Hefner interview on Fresh Air. Plus there is the article from Suzanne Moore for the Guardian, “I called Hugh Hefner a pimp.” In addition, erstwhile Star Trek writer David Gerrold weighed in on Hefner.
Normalization of misogyny and Internalized misogyny
This is, essentially, “When misogyny is right in our faces and we just shrug it off.” Shanna brought to the table some great articles, including, The Normalization of Misogyny, The Logic of Misogyny, 23 Ways You May Have Internalized Misogyny Without Even Realizing It, and How Sexist Jokes Normalize Sexist Behavior.
Highbrow crusader of the sexual revolution? Or domestic abuser who normalized misogyny?
Plus there were other articles on Hef, such as Good Riddance to an Abusive Creep and Hugh Hefner didn’t normalize sex, he normalized misogyny. Furthermore, he wasn’t even the best First Amendment crusader in his industry: Bob Guccione probably is (Larry Flynt’s notoriety in this area mainly comes from the film, The People vs. Larry Flynt).
Have you heard of My Immortal? This Ed Wood-so-bad-it’s-almost-good fan fic has a notorious reputation. Recently, the author revealed herself and her motivations in writing. If you dare, check out Chapters 1-22, or the article about her ‘outing’, Solving the Mystery of the Internet’s Most beloved – and Notorious – fic.
First of all, apparently a C & D doesn’t have to be stuffy, as a Stranger Things C & D becomes the friendliest, funniest cease and desist letter we’ve ever seen.
In addition, the Colin Kaepernick protest against racism by kneeling during the national anthem has taken on a new life of its own.
Recently, X-Files and Star Trek Discovery cast members and others #takeaknee to protest racial injustice. More information about the X-Files. And more about Star Trek. Plus kneeling isn’t aimed at veterans.Finally, per Shepard Smith – “It’s not about the Anthem.”
WORDS MEAN THINGS!!!
For example, we might be going to war with North Korea over a tweet. Yes, really. CNN and Time (among other news outlets) report on the potentially deadly Twitter exchanges between President Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un.
Shout out to our friends in Puerto Rico, Florida, and Texas. So Star Trek stars (coordinated by Jay Stobie) gave through Global Giving and they gave out prizes for donating. Janet is waiting on an autograph from Scott Bakula! You can still donate through Global Giving but the prizes are probably gone by now.
How do you, as a fan, react to eleven, Star Trek Discovery, Hugh Hefner, My Immortal, or anything else? Tell us in the comments, if you like. Or send us a note!
Thanks for listening! Our show would not be possible without the help, kindness, and generosity of some truly wonderful people. First of all, we would like to thank Busy Little Beaver Productions and more specifically the G & T Show for giving us this great opportunity.
So our biggest thanks go to sound engineer extraordinaire, Michael Medeiros, and his niece, Katie, our announcer girl. Yes, we have the only announcer who has to take a break and study fractions and the times tables.
Furthermore, we would also like to thank our families for instilling in us our curious and creative impulses, and for encouraging us in all we do.
Finally, thank you, our audience. Because you’re why we are here. We do this for you.
Our Next Show
We will be on the 2017 24 Hours of G & T but we don’t have a time slot just yet. And we will be talking about Doctor Who!
Show Note URLs
Finally, please check out these links to everything we talked about! Or send us a note if you like! firstname.lastname@example.org