A “redshirt” is a stock character in fiction who dies soon after being introduced. The term originates with fans of the Star Trek television series (1966–69), from the red shirts worn by Starfleet security personnel who frequently die during episodes.
Redshirt deaths are often used to dramatize the potential peril that the main characters face. In many episodes of Star Trek red-uniformed security officers and engineers who accompany the main characters on landing parties often suffer quick deaths. Analysis of the original Star Trek episodes shows that of the 59 crew members killed in the series, 43 (73%) were wearing red shirts. In the Pocket Books Star Trek novel Killing Time, a crew member says, “You don’t want to wear a red shirt on landing-party duty”. (via Wikipedia)
As published in The Hubs.
The latest Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism infographic summarizes its “State of the News Media 2012” report. Highlights of which are:
- 23% of U.S. adults get news from two devices
- 44% own a smart phone, and 18% own a tablet computer
- 70% get their news from a desktop computer, and 56% from tablets
- 64% of those employed full time own a tablet computer
- Twitter is more highly regarded than Facebook as a source of news story recommendations.