If 24 had never used the ticking clock displayed in the series, would it have still been a timelock? What if we also removed any mention of specific (numerically represented) time from the script?
Obviously, the audience could still have used their own watches if inclined. I often do this unconsciously, because I don't want my entertainment to end, or I can't wait for it to end -- depending on the quality of the entertainment.
If the audience picked up the clues concerning continuous and unbroken time (clothes being the same, split screen, things happening during the commercials, etc.), maybe they would have been inclined to look at their watch...
Another way to ask that would be, is there a difference between:
an event being measurable in time
an event that is measured in time?
Also, I wonder if there is a difference between:
an event being measured in time by the story mind
an event being measured in time by the audience.
Obviously, a novel is completely different than a tv series. A tv series occupies a definitively measurable block of time. Because of this, the timelock in 24 was reinforced by the temporal limitations of the medium. However, they still elected to show a ticking clock at times and I am sure (though I did not see the show more than once) that the characters probably said the time on occasion.
On a side note, I also like to muse out loud. Is that correlative to a having a female mental sex? It is less enjoyable for me to create a logical whole before writing a post. I like to throw thoughts out there because I feel like they could or might be important (sometimes they aren't). I dislike always having to make a logical proof of their value or having to worry about being right or wrong.
Conversely, depending on context, I sometimes try to preventively eliminate confusion and answer questions before they are asked. If someone asks me a question, I ask myself questions about why they asked their question. I like to understand the why.
And finally, could mental sex be defined in degrees instead of absolutes (like a slider scale):
51% female mental sex
49% male mental sex
I think that I allow information to percolate in my head rather than coming to direct conclusions. I'm also often indecisive by nature, but decisive by need. What can I say, I'm a Libra. I have always felt a neutrality in my thinking process. Could there be an inter mental sex (male sex, female sex, intersex)?