Alternate Character Interpretation: Cracked had a blast pointing out the horrifying undertones to Federation Society.
Dan: So Star Trek and Next Gen are about a resource rich society that is in such a creative rut they will send the Enterprise, humanity's finest ship out to unexplored corners of space just to find new life and new civilisations. Novelty is the most precious commodity there is! This is a profoundly bored people, so jaded, that they will load up their children and women onto a heavily armed warship and send it just out... just go! Just go somewhere and find me something interesting and tell me about it?!
- SF Debris believes that Roddenberry's vision of Trek seems to be that in the future, Earth is a Marxist dystopia ruled by Pod-People. Stardestroyer.net has a similar argument in a bit more depth.
- Although this in some ways implies a degree of Fan Dumb. While it is true that the series (focused as they are on Starfleet) do not show much of civilian lifestyles in the Federation, what we do see actually implies a rather high standard of living, and quite a diversity of lifestyles, especially when the colonies are factored in. For example, Beverly Crusher's grandmother lived on a colony where everyone was basically doing LARP of life in the pre-industrial Scottish Highlands (with hidden technology maintaining things like the weather). So there is a definite absence of stereotypical Marxist conformity. If anything, people appear to cluster in "lifestyle communities" that meet their personal preferences.
- The theory that The Federation is actually The Empire, simply using the Benevolent Alien Invasion to gain new members and extend it's own power. Some point as evidence to in Insurrection, they are recruiting races who've had warp for only a year simply to serve as Cannon-Fodder for the Dominion.
- This may very well be a case of Truth in Television though. A common argument floated by anti-Trek commentators is that this future society is so bored and jaded that they have nothing better to do than live out fantasies in holodecks rather than going out and doing anything interesting themselves. However, in real life, early 21st Century America, many millions of people obsess over television, movies and the internet. People fixate on watching sports they do not actually play themselves, immerse themselves in fictional media, or (for those seeking a little more verisimilitude), turn to so-called "reality TV" to watch other people who apparently have more interesting lives than the viewer does.