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The Borg Queen and Seven of Nine – Image via Tumblr

In the American TV show Star Trek: The Next Generation, the Borg are a disturbing species of cybernetic organisms whose sole purpose is to increase their alleged perfection by assimilating the intelligence and technology of weaker life forms throughout the galaxy.

Their technology enables them to psychically connect to a collective like a termite colony. Individuality is unknown and the Borg exist in a dark synchrony of de-individualizing amalgamation.

Among other things, they arguably represent the Orwellian extreme of unreflective political, corporate and religious yesmen and yeswomen who do whatever they’re told by authoritarian figures without heeding their own conscience.

The Borg image is particularly effective as it recasts previous Frankenstein and zombie myths within a futuristic scenario of techno-gloom. An interesting and optimistic twist, however, appears with the character Seven of Nine (played by actor Jerry Ryan and introduced in Star Trek: Voyager) who was once abducted by the Borg but is gradually re-humanized among the supportive crew of the Federation starship Voyager.

In the feature film Star Trek: First Contact (1996) we’re introduced to the hideously compelling Borg Queen—again, not unlike the Queen of a termite colony. She’s a frightening but, for some, darkly attractive creature who in the TV series Voyager is jealous of Captain Katherine Janeway, arguably a symbol of American drive and determination. Indeed, heroic Federation starship captains like James T. Kirk, Jean-Luc Picard and Katherine Janeway represent the very opposite of the Borg’s chilling refrain: “Resistance is Futile.”

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4 thoughts on “The Borg

  1. It was stated by some NASA guy that sanskrit could be the most efficient computer programming language… so what about cyborg brahmins?

    Imagine a race of spiritually, intellectually, and technologically superior humans that are capable of guiding humans towards evolution and away from destruction… networked together.

    prajnanam brahm
    sat chitt

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  2. Just in case this guy was right… I think it would definitely be unwise to tick off a cyberbrahmin! 🙂

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  3. Earthpages wrote: “Among other things, they arguably represent the Orwellian extreme of unreflective political, corporate and religious yesmen and yeswomen who do whatever they’re told by authoritarian figures without heeding their own conscience.”

    I’d put it this way: The political-big-business-and-money-people-establishment powerfully conditions our televisions and newspapers, and since people don’t know how to think, and large numbers are ill equipped to handle the media onslaught, they become unwitting media victims, hypnotized by slogans, appeals to fear, and materialistic self-interest. This does bear some resemblance to the hive mentality of the Borg.

    James
    http://mystic1muse.wordpress.com/

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    • Thanks for your perspective, M1M. I remember interacting with a Polish blogger who thought Westerners were all brainwashed by TV and ads, and that “real” life existed beyond it.

      I can certainly see the point about the power of ideology, hegemony, and so on. But I think there’s a creative aspect in say, ads, that not everyone appreciates. I bet some of the best graphic artists go into advertising!

      Also, given a choice between Capitalist and Communist ideologies, I don’t think it’s too hard (for those who can choose) to say where most people would prefer to be.

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