Originally Posted by horatio
No, with this half-reboot they freed themselves from the shackles of continuity and yet can still use whatever they like from previous Trek. Furthermore it is a humble way to approach the franchise, they don't pretend that nothing before their movie existed.
I think it rather elegantly covers all possible POV's.
You can consider it a total reboot or you can accept that while it creates a new universe free of any limitations, it couldn't have happened without the original.
And that original still exists.
I think it covers all bases and potential viewpoints allowing everyone to decide for themselves.