Woodstock, 'Star Trek', and 9 Other Most Overrated Things Ever

Tired of hearing how far-out the spirit of '69 was? Or how Star Trek changed the world? So is author Mark Juddery, which is why he wrote Overrated: The 50 Most Overhyped Things in History. He highlights 11 items on the list in a piece for The Huffington Post.

Here's his explanation for why Star Trek made the list:

Star Trek fans insist that their favorite show changed the world. Well... that might be going too far. The first interracial kiss? That would have been great, except they were under alien mind control. (So the message was clear: to kiss someone of a different race, you would need to be out of your mind.) The innovation of a black African woman as a senior officer? Sure, if you think a glorified telephone receptionist is groundbreaking. The show that invented the mobile phone and the microwave oven? Huh? No, that was the work of scientists and engineers. This was just a TV show.

Read the full story at the Huffington Post.

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Eleanor Barkhorn is a former senior editor at The Atlantic.

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