Â Are fan sites the ‘comic strips’ of Web media?
Newspapers have long since discovered that a new lineup on the comics page can produce more feedback and outrage than front pageÂ stories or publishers’Â crusades. Will the web relearn that lesson around fan sites?
A bit in Paid ContentÂ reports thatÂ “the staff of StarTrek.com has been beamed out of CBS InteractiveÂ . . . Â according to a post on the siteÂ . . . (that says) . . .Â We donâ€™t know the ultimate fate of this site, which has served millions of Star Trek fans for the last thirteen years.â€
Paid Content notes thatÂ “the comment thread for this post was more than 200 messages, not all sympathetic, long as of Sunday evening.”
The StarÂ TrekÂ shakeupÂ comes amidst a restructuringÂ at CBS that seems to be moving more of its online operationsÂ to San Francisco according to this other report from Paid Content.Â
I suspect the fears about StarTrek.com are ill-founded. After all, if CBS is moving online propertiesÂ to SF that fits right in with the Trek myth. Star Fleet is based in the San Francisco Bay Area. So maybe this is life prediciting art. At least a fan can hope.
Meanwhile, Trek fans mayÂ recognize that the headline of this blog itemÂ alludes to the Klingon phrase that translates as: Today is a good day to die.Â You can find the original phrase at theÂ Klingon Language Institute which also offers an audio tutorial of that and other choice words.