The LIEF Erikson

Thursday, April 28, 2005

A Trek Media centre

We all have our own visions of what could be done with the idea of Trek United funding it's own Fan productions. Let me share with you one possibility.

Imagine, if you will, that it is Friday night and you fire up the computer to download your weekend's entertainment. You've got your homepage set to "The Federation" and a short Flash intro comes up as you log in. Like just about everything on the main web site it is "vaguely" Trek, it shows its parentage but has evolved beyond it's beginnings.

You have the sound turned on and the SF background music from the Fed. Radio Station reminds you that you need some Podcasts to listen to on the train to work next week. After a quick browse you choose a serialised radio play of The Borg Wars, a couple of Doco's (the latest on the Mars rovers and a retrospective on Apollo), Chase Masterton interviews Tim Brazeel and the latest stand-up comedy from Billie Connelly about Klingons at Wembley stadium.

All of these have been put into the download list in the Bit Torrent window and are followed by something to read from the FanFic list. You pick the latest instalment in the Virtual Next Generation Season 8 plus a week's worth of your favourite comic strip, unfortunately there's nothing new in comic books, but you spot a new Flash movie so that goes in too. Window after window is opened and closed in the Fed. navigation frame which was commissioned from Okuda specially for the website.

OK, down to the serious stuff - a movie for the family tonight. You click on the paid advert on the Fed. frame and choose something from a Pay-per-view site. You get a warm fuzzy feeling, knowing that you've pushed a bit more commission towards the Fed's then its back to the Fed main page and you browse what is available amongst the FanFlicks. You noticed on the notices that Flash across the bottom of the Fed frame (just above the RSS ticker) that the final results for last month's peer reviewed FanFlick awards are up, so you want to know if your favourite won.

Rats! It missed out by three points! Never mind, they'll still be in next months Fans Choice awards so you'll butter the wife up and see if she'll let you cast two votes. Come on, its only twenty bucks and she enjoyed their last episode as well!

Your daughter is looking daggers at you because she wants to get on the Net to download some more music (another paid link, but she is on a budget!) and upload her latest horror FanFiction. Oops, this reminds you that you wanted to download the latest Science project from the kids website so that you could do it with your son for a school project.

Your wife is getting cranky because dinner will be on the table shortly and "You're still on that damn computer!" so you have to leave it downloading. Tomorrow afternoon you'll have to sneak some time in so that you can upload your contribution to the Fanzine of the Trek Fan Club you are a member of, and update your Blog, and vote in this month's FanFlicks awards and - damn! I still haven't downloaded anything for Saturday night yet!

No worries. There's plenty to choose from and if all else fails …

… I suppose you could turn on the TV.

Sounds good? of course it does! You know, the amazing thing is that virtually all of it could be done right now with the resources on the Web today.

I've called it "The Federation" because the surface level needs to a new creation - just incase the worst case scenario happens and the lawyers persuade paramount to police their copyrights.
The Fed. Radio Station exists now in the form of Radio Starfleet although they don't do Podcasts ... yet!
The Documentary Podcasts could come from Universe Today or many others available from somewhere like ipodder or custom made ones could be made using
All of these things would be downloaded by Bit Torrent
The FanFic list could be a TU run affair or you could link to various FanFic sites, such as The Trek Writers Guild or the Starfleet Fiction Archive.
The Virtual Next Generation Season 8 has a draft website up and will be launched within weeks
I'd love to see a comic strip, or on-line comic books, however this hasn't been done ... yet
However there definately is a new Trek Flash movie site out - Enterprise Flashed

The webdesign by Okuda is wishful thinking but not impossible. Paid adverts, especially a link to a Pay-per-view site or a bookseller would bring in easy revenue. Flash notices and an RSS ticker - Please! Give me a hard task! Voting for awards by buying the right to vote awards …

Need I go on? This is a vision that could be accomplished today. All it needs is a backer.

This was posted in substantially the same form on Trek United.


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