Media in the Frontier

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ChrisDonovan
August 11, 2016 - 1:35pm
Because I was bored, I made up some media companies and programs/franchises.  A couple I posted to Malcadon's wiki.  Most are only here (at least for now).  There is no order to any of these, I just did them as they came to me:

The Intersystem News Service (INS) is one of several media conglomerates active in the Frontier.[1] It is owned by the vrusk business man K'zik Z'ken K'zrr. Observers have noted that its news coverage tends to favor the interests of holders of capital in genaeral and the megacorporations in particular. Its editorial policy is much less subtle. The Local Rights Alliance gets a great deal of positive press from INS.

Notes and References

  1. ? INS is sometimes verbally confused with rival, the Inter-Stellar Network. The two have very different editorial policies and reputations, however. INS generates a great deal of publicity for itself by accusing ISN of political and social bias on occasion.

The Inter-Stellar Network (ISN) is a Holonet news and education channel in the Frontier. Its programming includes both breaking news and more in-depth programs analyzing current events. The network also produces a series of popular documentary programs concerning historical events and famous individuals. ISN has a reputation for attempting to be as impartial as possible, though it is frequently accused of bias by it's rival, the Intersystem News Service.[1]

Notes and References

  1. ? ISN and the INS are sometimes confused verbally due to the similarity of their names.

Eye of the Frontier is a popular Holonet program in the Frontier. Its reporting includes topical cultural news, profiles of popular celebrities, and independent investigations into scandals and controversial topics/events. One recent investigation involved charges of Streel Corporation using what amounted to slave labor for it's agricultural operations on Corpco.

The Discussion Network (TDN) is a channel devoted to replaying recently recorded Dralasite debates and producing dramatizations of historical ones.

Celebrity is an electronic magazine devoted to news of pop-culture figures with an emphasis on their personal lives and scandals. It is published by an arm of the Intersystem News Service media conglomerate.

Proceedings (formally The Proceedings of the Clarion Royal Society of Astonomers) is an electronic magazine devoted to the lastest news and information in astronomy and astrophysics. For an article or paper to be published in Proceedings is considered a mark of distinction.

To the Stars is a long-running action/adventure holoprogram series featuring the adventures of a fictionalized Spacefleet vessel under the command of human Jamison O'Cuirce, his vrusk Sensor Officer Zs'k, and dralasite Chief Medical Officer Mocoy.

Tetrarch's Legacy is a science-fiction holoprogram about a team of Landfleet soldiers and scientists exploring the galaxy using a network of transportation devices left behind after the disappearance of the Tetrarch Societies. Some conspiracy theorists claim that the program is based on real events, a claim that is dismissed by Landfleet's PR office.

Sathar Love Slave, Parts 1 through 5 (and counting) Banned on several UPF worlds. 'Nuff said.

Buccaneers of the Xagyg Nebula comedy/action holofilm series

and a store franchise that got invented in my game

Thermal Subject boutique popular with young sapients under 20.  Features pop culture paraphenelia and trendy clothing.  Particularly popular is it's line of Spacer apparell and other "edgy" clothing.  Real spacers can spot a "sposer" (spacer poser) rather easily.  Their attire is too nice, even when "distressed".


I make no apologies for shameless homages and "rip offs", that's just the way I am sometimes.  I don't take credit for the last one though, one of my players came up with that one.




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TerlObar
August 11, 2016 - 2:50pm
You can't leave out the Frontier News Network (FNN).  They even have a website: http://majestic-worlds.com/fnn/
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ChrisDonovan
August 11, 2016 - 3:27pm
^That's not really a media company, just a name, but someonce could easily use the name and build a network around it :)

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jedion357
August 11, 2016 - 5:21pm
Isn't there a news network detailed in Dark Side of Moon? Or am I mistaken?
I might not be a dralasite, vrusk or yazirian but I do play one in Star Frontiers!

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jedion357
August 11, 2016 - 5:29pm
I love the Discussion Network, totally dralasite ish and totally boring to the rest of the core four.  

In 25 years it will have gone the way of MTV (not airing music videos) as the tried new programing formats in an effort to attract views from the rest of the core four and those formats grew in popularity it transitioned to those almost exclusively. Many dralasites who had actually stopped actively watching the network bemoaned the change. 
I might not be a dralasite, vrusk or yazirian but I do play one in Star Frontiers!

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JCab747
August 11, 2016 - 5:57pm
Don't forget Pan Galactic Holo News!
Joe Cabadas

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rattraveller
August 11, 2016 - 6:26pm
You forgot the INS top reporter Karl Kolchak and his indepth reporting of various creatures haunting the starports of the Frontier.
Sounds like a great job but where did you say we had to go?

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ChrisDonovan
August 11, 2016 - 7:19pm
jedion357 wrote:
I love the Discussion Network, totally dralasite ish and totally boring to the rest of the core four.  

In 25 years it will have gone the way of MTV (not airing music videos) as the tried new programing formats in an effort to attract views from the rest of the core four and those formats grew in popularity it transitioned to those almost exclusively. Many dralasites who had actually stopped actively watching the network bemoaned the change. 


I kind'a saw it like Frontiere version of C-Span.  Which, when I was younger,  I loved to watch all the time.

You want to hear something freaky and unwatchable, try watching competition speech and debate these days.  you can't follow a thing because everyone talks like John Moschitta Jr and the thing is scored by how many bullet points you can belt out within the time limit, not the quality of your argument and logic.

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ChrisDonovan
August 11, 2016 - 7:20pm
JCab747 wrote:
Don't forget Pan Galactic Holo News!


Is that a "real" one from somewhere?

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ChrisDonovan
August 11, 2016 - 7:22pm
rattraveller wrote:
You forgot the INS top reporter Karl Kolchak and his indepth reporting of various creatures haunting the starports of the Frontier.


Given the nature of the Frontier, who would notice? Wink

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JCab747
August 11, 2016 - 9:35pm
ChrisDonovan wrote:
JCab747 wrote:
Don't forget Pan Galactic Holo News!


Is that a "real" one from somewhere?


The "Dark Side of the Moon" module.
Joe Cabadas

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iggy
August 11, 2016 - 10:34pm
I second the vote to include the Frontier News Network.  There are many articles already on their site that you can use in a campaign.
-iggy

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ChrisDonovan
August 11, 2016 - 11:46pm
JCab747 wrote:
ChrisDonovan wrote:
JCab747 wrote:
Don't forget Pan Galactic Holo News!


Is that a "real" one from somewhere?


The "Dark Side of the Moon" module.


Thnx.

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jedion357
August 12, 2016 - 1:11am
Yeah I like the fan site FNN, wish it had been more active or but FNN was an obvious one given that CNN has been so recognizable.
I might not be a dralasite, vrusk or yazirian but I do play one in Star Frontiers!

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ChrisDonovan
August 12, 2016 - 1:12pm

Pan-Galactic Holo News (PGHN) is a broadcast news service operating all across the Frontier.[1] PGHN is considered a "reputable" news source.

Charletta Komitz was a reporter for PGHN prior to her death in the same terrorist attack that ostensibly resulted in the death of businessman Jack Legrange on the planet Kraatar (Tristkar).[2]

Notes and References Edit

  1. ? The name suggests that PGHN is or was at one time a subsidiary of the Pan-Galactic Corporation.
  2. ? Star Frontiers Alpha Dawn module "Dark Side of the Moon"

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JCab747
August 12, 2016 - 2:44pm
ChrisDonovan wrote:

Pan-Galactic Holo News (PGHN) is a broadcast news service operating all across the Frontier.[1] PGHN is considered a "reputable" news source.

Charletta Komitz was a reporter for PGHN prior to her death in the same terrorist attack that ostensibly resulted in the death of businessman Jack Legrange on the planet Kraatar (Tristkar).[2]

Notes and References Edit

  1. ? The name suggests that PGHN is or was at one time a subsidiary of the Pan-Galactic Corporation.
  2. ? Star Frontiers Alpha Dawn module "Dark Side of the Moon"


And another reporter for PGHN is Har Jedkar, Yazarian, female, of Clan Vantaria. She covers technological issues including the annual SCaRE (Society of Computer and Robotic Engineers) conference at the Port Loren Convention Center on Gran Quivera, Prenglar.

Source: Cabadas, Joseph. "Optional Rules: Robot's Rules of Order Revised," Frontier Explorer, Issue 17, Summer 2016.
Joe Cabadas

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Shadow Shack
August 13, 2016 - 2:41pm
TerlObar wrote:
You can't leave out the Frontier News Network (FNN).

Yep, that one has been around since the old SF Hub Ring days when Geocities was the top website hosting service. 
I'm not overly fond of Zeb's Guide...nor do I have any qualms stating why. Tongue out

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