The Observer Effect

I’ve been working on a new blog entry that explores why a particular controversy seems to have died away. It will be a much better discussion if I have input from people with real experience about the subject. I e-mailed a letter to a short list of people asking for their help.

While I was doing this two thoughts crossed my mind. First, some of these people blog. They might think, “Why should I waste these golden words on File 770?” They might just post their answer online and send me the link.

Second, if I ask them about a moribund controversy, and they blog about it, won’t that revive the controversy and kill the premise for my article?

Well, my first thought came to pass. Now I am waiting on the second. 

It is a proud and lonely thing to be a nexus of alternate history.

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