The Movies Provide the Myth of Lived Democracy

In “More of The World Viewed” of his The World Viewed Stanley Cavell claims that movies provide the myth of lived democracy against the myth of ruled democracy. But they cannot provide it by showing democracy at work, since that would made it a mere utopia. He explains this by referring to the 30ies’ comedies.

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My kid could do this as well – Das könnte mein Kind auch – Mon enfant pourrait faire ça aussi

When it comes to some creations of modern art some people claim that they or their children could do this as well. Are they overrating themselves or their children? And can you find some criteria, at least one criterion, to distinguish a child’s picture from a modern artist’s painting? A playful and slippery attempt to revolve around these questions and respective answers.

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The Movie Star As a Symbol for Democracy

Cavell heightens this statements about movie stars into a very surprising, worth of thinking about and challenging one. He writes: The stars “realized the myth of singularity” (p.35), wherefore “movies have an inherent tendency toward the democratic, or anyway the idea of human equality” (p. 34). – What are his reasons to state such a daring thesis?

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