Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Missing Paul Walker

Dale here. In the same week that we are marking the death of Nelson Mandela, David and I instead did a podcast trying to make sense of the impact of the death of Paul Walker.  The first reason for this would be that, well, Mandela died the day after we recorded.  The second reason is that the reaction to the death of Paul Walker is harder to explain, at least for me.

For the first time in a while the death of a celebrity impacted me.  I saw a post come up on Facebook, and immediately I thought "oh please let this be a hoax", but it wasn't, and it hit me.  At the same time, it wasn't supposed to - he's a celebrity, not part of my life, not the most amazing actor, and I'm supposed to be above this.  But I'm not.

In this podcast David and I try to get to the bottom of why the death of Paul Walker seems to have resonated with so many people, including myself, and what the implications of this situation are.

     Listen here: Missing Paul Walker

And for those who are just missing Paul Walker, here's a youtube memorial video for him, that incorporates some of the reasons why I think people miss him: