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Vikings: Culture, Creativity, Meanings, and reframing the past…

So, how can Thor, Odin, and the rest have been results of pillaging, rape, and raids? This post has some comments on Vikings (the series), culture, creativity, audiences, and cultural resources…

Well… the above sentence is highly reductionist, but there is some truth to it. While watching this captivating (mostly) series (Vikings), I frequently thought about culture and its components. I also thought about mobilizing the past (with some creativity and slight of hand) to support statements in contemporary public life.

Here are some of these thoughts, along with a few quotes from the show I really liked (hated).

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“Origin” – Dan Brown’s (OK) novel as a model for evolving cultural products (and their markets)

“A vacation is an expensive way to read a book in peace”

– @naval

One of my summer reads this year was Dan Brown’s novel “Origin”, the fifth book in the (Robert) Langdon series. It has been sitting in the reading waiting list for a while,  and it was pushed down the pipeline by other books in the last couple of years..