Friday, April 27, 2012
I heard of Dick Clark's death last week, and was propelled into the multiverse, experiencing Art Bell's phenomenon of the Nelson Mandela Paradox. (The experience of being sure that such and such a person is dead in one's familiar universe; when hearing that the person is alive, or has just died, it gives you a jolt, giving question to your firm place in time and space.)
This phenomenon happens most relative to personages with whom you have little strong association--just neutral bits of culture. Such is the case with Clark, representative of tribal youth culture and its artifacts.