Aesthetics for Birds

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Whispers of Power #13


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This week, the US President faces off against the Russian President. One wonders how current US-Russia relations compare…


House of Cards, Season 3, Episode 10, 20:19

Title: Opponent

Description: Every hero needs a villain. Viktor Petrov (Lars Mikkelsen) is the gray, cold, Russian counterpart to Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey). The confrontation shown here, with Viktor’s face on the big screen, triggers an instinctive fear and impulse to overcome. In this moment we identify with Frank. The moral line that usually separates us from him evaporates, and we only want to see Viktor fail.

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  1. This one is also one of the highlights of the series for me. It was so much George Orwell. Interestingly his book “brave new world” is a best-selling title at the moment. Great to heart that art can help us understand the upcoming strange political situation.

  2. “The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.” – George Orwell

    • “The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.” – George Orwell

  3. “The mirror lies behind the mask and shows the true face.” -Carl Jung

  4. Thanks for the quotes. Orwell seems to be the author we have to read at the moment most.

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