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  • Wherein I talk Inception, Gaslighting, Connecting the Dots, Dirty Rubles and things Trump/Russia at STATOREC.

    It's true, I do talk all that and Dirty Rubles and I am quite appreciative to STATOREC for letting me do so. Excerpt? Word.

    "Every time I speak to someone about Trump/Russia and they tell me how confusing it all is, I think, is it, really?

    "And then I think about Inception.

    "You remember Inception, right? If you’ve seen it, you may recall it as, well, confusing, or feel that you are supposed to do so, and if you haven’t seen it, you probably recall it as a movie people said was… confusing.

    This is what Entertainment Weekly wrote when it was released (7/10):

    “Is there anyone else out there who simply didn’t get Inception? Who watched it, as I did, in a state of near-perilous confusion? Please, if you’re there, come out of the woodwork. If only so I can stop feeling like I’m the only dummy in the room.”

    "I suppose that review could be tongue-in-cheek, but it begs the question: why is the trope of confusion the narrative we are asked to associate with the viewing of this movie?

    "Isn’t Inception about someone going into other people’s lives (their dreams in this case) and constructing an alternative version to what they think they know so he can extract information to help corporations be better informed when looking to close business deals?

    "Yes, it is, really, that’s not actually up for debate, and so what about that is confusing? There are the weird details, the dead wife and the possibility of one getting endlessly stuck in a dream, but are we confused by this, or are merely deciding we are confused because the popular, and yes, endless conversation, found it entertaining to say it must be so? Is it possible we might be able to understand if we were just willing to do the work of understanding it? And if that is true, is talking about Trump/Russia any different than any of that?"