Time consciousness is gapped. There is no consciousness of the gap, only of the flow. In the case of media and stories, even the story of how we spent the last hour or millennium, and how we’re going to spend the next, there are gaps. We can’t be conscious of the present because as soon as we call it to consciousness, it is past. That’s the gap, the present, in which we of course live but can’t bring to consciousness. We can only be present to it, enjoy it, or not.
Between every note played in music is silence, and between every symbol in computer code is no-code. The breaks symbolize something other than the code, and while the overall code has a beginning, middle, and end, it is riddled in no-code. In every sentence there are words and with every word phonemes, and between phonemes… gaps.
There are scientific (measurable, replicable, falsifiable) theories, but here is what distinguishes theoretical physics from plain old physics. On the level of experience, apart from theory, time consciousness might be all we have to work with. In any case, that is what I’m working with here.