Just as the mockingly reputable O.J. Simpson managed to cycle through the collective consciousness of baby boomers and generation X in finally achieving legitimate obscurity amidst the nonexistent attention span of the current hipster digital revolution, the inexplicable happened. Thanks to the vapid yet intriguing content of the trending social media newsfeed forwarding an aggressive bias, and the general downturn in IQ scores threatening the immediate future of the tech industry, a bold and offensive double pop culture standard nuclear missile strike was sent to eliminate tolerance and sent shockwaves throughout society.
The astronomical anomaly made possible by unfathomable magnitudes of energy, the hundreds of billions of dollars and the flailing moderating efforts explosion by the digital communities, allowed the impossible to happen, a controversial and renegade celebrity of the past to once again attain status at the top of the pyramid of relevancy. Within this current world of troubling disparity, where popular myths constitute the basis for scientific truths on a grand scale rather than the presence of evidence, young people actually believe that Astrology is based on proven data rather than hope and emotion. It is only through this decrepit and despicable window that a cretinous former professional athlete can attain viral fandom and regain lost fortunes (A recent study showed that a shocking majority of 58% of millennials believe that fortune telling based on constellations hold scientific merit).
The effective rebranding of O.J. and his arrival within the vortex of the electronic age dominated by a prevalence of devices and not common sense sets the narrative for a wild and wacky preview of an unsettled future. The eternal and controversial public figure hashtagged with a diversity of potentially viral labels currently floating around social media, including #policechase, #theglove, #halloffame, #guilty, #thenakedgun, and a myriad of other pertinent limited character qualifying snippets, somehow put two and two together that the new Age of Aquarius rekindled by millennials would welcome him with open arms. Suffice to say, be prepared to answer the flurry of questions at Summer family gatherings from the younger folks in regards to biographical truths about the Juice, and ponder the lucrative opportunities, not to mention the limitless chancse for forgiveness offered by a superficial culture, in unleashing an ancient an icon among the masses who are clearly under the power and influence smartphone screen.
In a true “He’s ba-ack,” chilling moment surreal moment, O.J. announced through online channels that he would join the decrepit ranks of the Silicon Valley perversion of facts carnival in harnessing accountability and directly battling dissenters in choosing Twitter as the platform for his alleged retribution. All the major news organizations are reporting that this is not a hoax. The “real” Hall of Fame polarizing characterization of a celebrity status that will no doubt transcend six decades of cryptocurrency market grade variability highlighted by a prime time television drama of a murder trial has enforced to the worldwide audience that Hollywood is afforded a morphing of justice and latitude not applicable to the average person. Time heals most superficial wounds, and unfortunately beckons an incredulous level of sympathy and indifference towards a tragedy that has gone unresolved, at least to a pair of families forever bonded by sloppy courtroom procedures and a miscarriage of justice. But clickbait and electronic monetary success transcends decency.
As the cyclical pendulum of eras once again revisits the sobering years of the late 1960’s and the 70’s, moments reborn and cherished with a naive enthusiasm of youthful exploration and facilitated by the digital dream factories attacking the basis for critical thinking skills, the revisiting of everything good and bad about the Peace movement, free love, impassioned public discourse, and the industry of Astrology sparks a general sense of wariness among the older generations. The potentially disturbing scenario warns that the past can be haunting, at least in the form of the mainstream bot-laden vastness of the online community once again unleashing an O.J. level social pariah to be publicly processed and discarded with maximum consequences on the basic fabric of humanity.
While Bernie Sanders is now on the major political radar screen as a player in the presidential election arena and years removed from a career middling bureaucratic track record highlighted by fraternizing with tyrannical figures manifesting horrific nightmares of inhumane indiscretions all for the sake of forwarding the socialism ideology, O.J. Simpson is on the brink of skillfully averting a jaded past and possibly gaining a substantial accumulation of wealth. The next three or four months will cement or cast away the electronic legacy of an individual who simply cannot avoid the limelight, but the damage has already been done as even within the context of a growing economy, the dating pick-up line of “What’s your sign?” is again relevant after 40 years and an indication of the reckless hysteria and the substandard towards universal acceptance. While the interpersonal experience of being turned down face to face in a barroom full of contemporaries, has been replaced by a digital message on a social network which may or may not contain nude selfies, the unfortunate constant of O.J. is being rekindled and legitimatized as common sense and reason endures a slow and painful death.
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