Popular culture is a potent force. As a carrier of culture, as a contested realm, as a source of personal and national identity, and a tool of cultural dominance, popular culture is an inescapable dynamic engine that has the capacity to deeply influence societies. To create understandable background lore and synthetic worlds, popular culture often draws upon the real (and imagined) past. This malleable vision of the past is a palimpsest that popular culture inscribes itself upon, rewriting, redacting, and retconning that-what-was to suit the demands of a story.
History fills many roles in this negotation between the real and fictional: as shorthard to introduce concepts that would take too long to expand upon, as a superhot furnace of nostalgia, a force to push against, and as a vocabulary to define the new and exotic. In these strange new worlds, history itself becomes redefined and reimagined. I explore these processes and the usually precarious intersection of history and popular culture (and technology too!) at Journeytothewiredwest.com