The architecture of governmental buildings and political idea

I already almost live for six years in Vienna. But one thing never caught my eye and mind: the access to the main entrance of the Austrian Parliament Building doesn’t take place head on. It’s different with the German Reichtstag in Berlin. Suddenly I asked myself whether this architectural detail voices anything about the understanding of democracy in those countries.

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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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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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