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The cosmopolitan multiculturalism of Deep Space Nine and the late second
wave feminism of Voyager are one 14-season-long transgression of the
never-ending-present that The Next Generation sets up. Q, the
omnipresent trickster god that saw it fit to put all of humanity on
trial is now physically assaulted by Benjamin Sisko and romantically
rejected by Kathryn Janeway. Janeway goes one step further and, in a
deeply underappreciated series, stands in literal judgment of the Q
continuum itself for its desire to keep one of its own from committing
suicide. In a trial of her own, reminiscent of the time Data defends his
sentience and Spock is tried for treason, Janeway actually rules in
favor of individual autonomy over the Foucauldian power of the state to
regulate life and death:
The court ruling states that “likes” do not amount to a “substantive
statement” where “substantive” can mean “real” or “independent in
existence or function.” Many have said that “liking” something on
Facebook is similar to putting up a sign on your lawn endorsing a
particular point of view — this is protected by free speech in the US.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed a brief which cites
examples like re-tweeting, signing a petition, and donating to a
campaign online as examples of media that are created by “one-click”
that are similar to Facebook’s “like” that are protected by free speech.
It is thought that if the ruling is upheld, these forms of expression
will be under threat too.