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The Mandela Effect

So onĀ Good Mythical Morning today they talked about a thing that they called the Mandela Effect. The reason for the name is basically a group of people got together and all realized that they thought that Mandela had died in prison, but also knew that he was President for a time. Now that is an example of not remember history events correctly, but this same sort of thing happens with movies and many cultural artifacts, especially when it comes to remembering lines. Now a lot of the references on the show were movie lines, but here are a few more that David and I thought of. Continue reading

Lifetime of a Meme or Cultural Relic

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A comment from a coworker got me thinking about the lifetime of shared cultural experiences. We have all had that experience where a someone, a friend, a coworker, a person we start up a conversation with makes a comment or quote and follows it by some qualifier that “I guess I am showing my age with that one” or something similar. Sometimes it is a reference to an old tv show or movie that only people of that generation recognize. Then there are references that people recognize even if they have never seen the media that is being referenced. It makes me think about what sorts of phrases or media from my experience will survive and which ones will turn into odd references that most people do not understand.

Now some of these items turn in to memes that might just live on forever, but even those might have a shelf life. Some of them are just simply movie quotes that people have repeated over and over again. At the same time which ones will live on and will they live on in the way that we remember them? Continue reading