Inception, The Matrix, and Communicating Power

Grateful to the Nerds of Color for publishing my essay on “Inception, the Matrix, and Communicating Power”.

The Nerds of Color

What is Power? Let’s get at the word.

We have to consciously study how to be tender with each other until it becomes a habit because what was native has been stolen from us. — Audre Lorde

Inception, basically — really basically — is a movie about people who can enter your dreams; and in your dreamy subconscious, they hijack your thoughts and therefore your future actions. Cobb — as played by Leonardo DiCaprio — explains this process called “Dream Sharing” to Ariadne (Ellen Page). She knows that when she “dream shares,” she has the power to change the subconscious dreamscape. But she finds out that creating too much havoc — changing the subconsciousness’ landscape (literally so) — will cause it to rebel. This happens when Mal — Cobb’s ex-wife, portrayed by Marion Cotillard — stabs Ariadne. One could say, Cobb’s subconscious — as represented by his ex-wife, Mal…

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