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Lt. Commander
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 120
# 14
02-12-2010, 04:47 PM
It's probably taken from distopias like Anthem and We where individuals used third person pronouns to refer to themselves as they were part of an extreme communist collective and had no understanding of individuality. I can't recall the extent to which this was used in We but in Anthem the main character's discovery of 1st person pronouns was critical to his understanding of unique personhood. I think the writers were probably trying to portray a similar lack of understanding.

If you think about it, what's more powerful... a borg who says "I" but means it in a collective way or one who eschews all personal references in favor of the third person? Can you imagine how difficult it would be to even have a conversation with someone like that?