1/I look at historical events like MLK's I have a dream speech and Woodstock and think to myself what it must have felt like to be involved. To know that the cultural zeitgeist is alive and flowing through me.


2/But do the people actually living it know and feel this? Or is it historical and emotional weight that society adds post hoc I'm imaging? Does a zeitgeist exist in the moment or is it something we stitch together afterwards to make a coherent narrative out of history?


I think it's both. Sometimes when experiencing an event that takes on more weight later, it feels significant and has a huge emotional impact at the time. Sometimes it doesn't. It varies from person-to-person too - two people could attend the same event and have different responses.

I think as broadcast media declines, the sense of coherent narrative becomes less shared. It still exists, but like strands of a braid - different perspectives woven together.

@strangeattractor @zacharius

There are also moments that feel historically significant at first, but then fade into oblivion. Like the presidential candidates that lost.

@zacharius there's definitely a bit of post-hoc narrative streamlining as history gets written. The broader sentiment you raise ("are big events still possible?" feels like the lingering effects of the End of History Age

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