The 1995 Blog

1995: The year the future began

‘Just because I could’: Would Bill Clinton survive Lewinsky scandal these days? Not likely

Counterfactual history can be little more than trivial nonsense. Take, for example, the Washington Post’s frivolous, “let’s pretend” story last week ruminating about what if Hillary Clinton had won the presidency. … Continue reading

November 17, 2017

O.J. Simpson wins parole, but it’s no 1995 moment

O.J. Simpson’s parole hearing today in Nevada may have been widely watched and much-anticipated. But it was no “flashbulb moment,” not an occasion so rare and powerful that it will … Continue reading

July 20, 2017

No cause for cheer if O.J. Simpson wins parole

If he is paroled, it will be no cause for cheer. Expectations are that O.J. Simpson — former football star, erstwhile celebrity, and now aging felon — will win parole … Continue reading

July 19, 2017 · 1 Comment

The O.J. Simpson case: Five readable books

The recent bouts of television-induced fascination with the 1995 O.J. Simpson murder case have eased, thankfully. But residual interest is keen enough that suggestions for reading in some depth about … Continue reading

July 7, 2016 · 3 Comments

ESPN’s O.J. doc: Less exceptional than its rave reviews

For a five-part documentary that lasted nearly 8 hours, ESPN’s much-hyped treatment of O.J. Simpson was often short on nuance and explanatory detail. The film in the end was far … Continue reading

June 19, 2016 · 9 Comments

‘Everything O.J. is in the zeitgeist right now’

Call it the long reach of 1995. It is rather remarkable that a 21-year-old murder case — in which most people now think defendant O.J. Simpson committed the grisly crimes … Continue reading

May 10, 2016 · 7 Comments

Misportrayals and missing DNA: Closing observations about flawed O.J. miniseries

In its finale the other night, the popular FX cable miniseries about the 1995 O.J. Simpson murder case again played fast and loose with the record, putting dramatic words he … Continue reading

April 8, 2016 · 9 Comments

Ballyhoo over FX series leads to outsize claims about O.J. case

The media ballyhoo over the FX miniseries about the O.J. Simpson murder saga of 1994-95 has been accompanied by a variety of misconceptions and exaggerated claims about the case and … Continue reading

February 23, 2016 · 12 Comments

The 1995 ‘Trial of the Century’ is back: But so what?

When the cable miniseries meets recent history, distortion is predictable. So it is with the FX network’s much-ballyhooed dramatization of the sensational O.J. Simpson double murder case, which was tried … Continue reading

February 3, 2016 · 4 Comments

DNA: The enduring legacy of the 1995 O.J. trial

Twenty years after O.J. Simpson’s acquittal in an extraordinary murder trial that stretched for months across the watershed year 1995, the legacies of the case are still contested. The vivid … Continue reading

October 3, 2015 · 18 Comments

Part One: Highlights of ‘1995’ interview with Reason.com

Nick Gillespie, editor-in-chief of Reason.com and Reason TV, recently spoke with me about my latest book, 1995: The Year the Future Began. The video and the transcript of the interview … Continue reading

February 21, 2015 · 11 Comments

Looking back to 1995, the year the future began

The passing of 20 years illuminates how 1995 was a watershed year — a time of maturing technologies and converging trajectories, a hinge moment at the cusp of the millennium. … Continue reading

December 30, 2014 · 25 Comments

The inevitablity of O.J. Simpson’s acquittal in 1995

Nineteen years ago today, former professional football star O.J. Simpson was acquitted of murder in the slayings of his former wife, Nicole, and her friend, Ronald Goldman — dramatic verdicts … Continue reading

October 3, 2014 · 41 Comments