Friday, November 12, 2010

OK, so what WAS the combination?

MSNBC's Technolog links to an Australian online correction/retraction that begins as follows:

YESTERDAY, a article incorrectly stated that the Star Trek starship USS Enterprise-E, otherwise known as model NNC-1701-E, was the successor to Captain Kirk's original USS Enterprise.

It has since been brought to our attention that the NNC-1701-E in fact came two models after Captain Kirk retired and was under the command of Captain Jean Luc Picard.

In this day of inacuracys and low qualtiy writting, one would think that the correction would be praised by the online community. However, the 700+ comments tended to be negative, primarily because the correction itself had errors. Here's a small sample of the responses:

Yoda's Mum Posted at 11:46 AM November 03, 2010
Still wrong; Kirk's second ship was the Constitution Refit NCC-1701-A. The B and C were captained by different fellows in the intervening time period between the original series and movies and the next generation.
Comment 9 of 742

Shindig1985 of Newcastle Posted at 11:53 AM November 03, 2010
Still got it wrong. Kirk captained The original Enterprise and Enterprise A. The Enterprise B was commisioned after his retirement, Kirk was present at its maiden voyage as a guest yet went missing and declared dead due to its run in with the Nexus. Enterprice C was captained by Rachael Garret and was destroyed by the Romulans defending a Kligon outpost. Then came the Picard captained Enterprice D which was destroyed above Veridian 3 and then Picard took command of the Enterprise E.
Comment 18 of 742

Poor Journalism Posted at 11:59 AM November 03, 2010
Peter Farquhar, although I am blinded by your sarcasm, this article makes me wonder how much research you do on 'real' articles.
Comment 25 of 742

Private Citizen of Redfern Posted at 12:04 PM November 03, 2010
Not even 5 minutes with wikipedia would have found the errors in this "apology". How soon does Murdoch want us to pay for this quality of journalism?
Comment 31 of 742

richard of melbourne Posted at 12:14 PM November 03, 2010
to Journo's - stick to things you actually know and can write about. getting things wrong with Star Trek will bring the heavens down on you
Comment 49 of 742

Now not all of the comments were universally negative, and in fact many of them echoed something that was broadcast on the NBC television network (the network that originally televised Star Trek) almost two decades after the show's cancellation.

GET A LIFE, will you people? I mean, for crying out loud, it's just a TV show! I mean, look at you, look at the way you're dressed! You've turned an enjoyable little job, that I did as a lark for a few years, into a COLOSSAL WASTE OF TIME! I mean, how old are you people? What have you done with yourselves?

As some of you know, that particular statement was made by William Shatner.

But his view doesn't count, because he's not as handsome as Patrick Stewart, I guess.
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