The character of Data and his humanity in Star Trek: The Next Generation
1University of Oulu, Faculty of Humanities, English Philology
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|Persistent link:|| http://urn.fi/URN:NBN:fi:oulu-201811103021
|Publish Date:|| 2018-11-13
|Thesis type:||Bachelor's thesis
This study will aim to analyze the character Data, an android, in the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation. More specifically, this study will focus on Data’s humanity and sentience in the episode “The Measure of a Man”. Is Data sentient? Is he just a machine? Does he resemble humans based on his actions and interaction with the other characters? The methodology applied in this study is functional semiotic approach. I discovered that while Data is a machine and an artificial lifeform, he has many human-like characteristics and he learns them by observing humans and their actions, as well as manners and traditions.
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