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Dream-waking: Christopher Nolan’s explanation of Inception will steal your sleep

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Was the spinning top about to fall or Leonardo DiCaprio’s stuck in an endless dream? The question has worn the brains of many cinephiles thin since Christopher Nolan’s Inception hit the theaters in 2010.

Finally the master of mindf#@% cinema has broken his silence on the ambiguously open ended closing shot of Inception. However, just like the movie, with his explanation he has left everyone awestruck and wanting for more.

Addressing a class of Princeton University graduates, Nolan shed some Rembrandt lighting on the curious case of spinning-yet-about-to-topple top in the last glimpse of Mr. Cobb’s reel life in his 2010 dream/fantasy/psychological thriller.

Although Christopher Nolan’s speech might not have been able to spill the beans about Inception as succinctly as many would have wanted, he has undoubtedly broken major metaphysical ground in philosophy with it.

Starting off with the reality-dream duality of life, Nolan went on to deconstruct the entire fabric of reality to the Princeton grads.

“In the great tradition of these speeches, generally someone says something along the lines of ‘Chase your dreams,’ but I don’t want to tell you that because I don’t believe that. I want you to chase your reality.”

“I feel that over time, we started to view reality as the poor cousin to our dreams, in a sense….I want to make the case to you that our dreams, our virtual realities, these abstractions that we enjoy and surround ourselves with – they are subsets of reality.”

“The way the end of that film worked, Leonardo DiCaprio’s character Cobb — he was off with his kids, he was in his own subjective reality. He didn’t really care anymore, and that makes a statement: perhaps, all levels of reality are valid. The camera moves over the spinning top just before it appears to be wobbling, it was cut to black.

“I skip out of the back of the theater before people catch me, and there’s a very, very strong reaction from the audience: usually a bit of a groan. The point is, objectively, it matters to the audience in absolute terms: even though when I’m watching, it’s fiction, a sort of virtual reality. But the question of whether that’s a  dream or whether it’s real is the question I’ve been asked most about any of the films I’ve made. It matters to people because that’s the point about reality. Reality matters.”

It’s doubtful whether or not the audiences can understand/appreciate Inception any better, but one thing is for sure, a good number of those kids who attended professor Nolan’s metaphysical lecture will surely have a hard time believing things now.

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  • Vrushali Mahajan

    Inception had truly left people dumbstruck with its ending! Open ended movies have a very unique ability to attract audience’s attention quickly and easily.

  • Vrushali Mahajan

    Inception had truly left people dumbstruck with its ending! Open ended movies have a very unique ability to attract audience’s attention quickly and easily.

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Can The ‘Internet’ Replace Television And Newspaper In India?

Even though digital media’s fast-paced and aggressive growth, it is unlikely that it will surpass the television anytime soon

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On the basis of advertisement

In India, as the pattern goes, traditional media (TV and print) are on the top in terms of advertisement. However, in the past decade, the media industry has overseen an aggressive growth of the digital media. In the span of just two years (2010-2012), the internet has overpowered the radio and OOH. Digital media does stay far behind the two giants (television and print) but has been successful in maintaining its growth rate at around 30% until 2014. The growth rate decreased between 2014-2017, but the ‘aggressive growth’ is still sustained.

In 2018, television advertising is expected to grow by 9%, radio 10% and print, cinema, and OOH at 5% each respectively. India will be a leading digital market as internet advertising will grow at 20.4% and it will account for 15.4% market share in the country by 2020. It is however estimated that television will still be the largest media comprising the market share of 39%.

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On the basis of consumption

An average Indian adult spends about two-and-a-half hours per day on traditional media (which includes television, radio, and print). On the other hand, the consumption of digital media is one hour per day on average. The reasons range from the poor infrastructure of digital media and its poor circulation or access to the rural population since they recently came into the circuit.

In 2016, the time spent on Television accounted for 56.4% of the total time spent on media consumption. Time spent on print was 7.9%, and radio accounted for 5.3%.

In 2017, adults spent an average time of 1 hour and 18 minutes daily with digital media. Adult’s average time spent per day with digital media grew by 14.4% this year, due to the newly gained access of the rural population to the internet. However, digital media still comes to the second place in contrast to television, on which 2 hours 11 minutes of daily time is spent.

In 2018, it is estimated, Television will account for 52.1% of the time and Digital for 35.9%, while print and radio will decrease to 6.9% and 5.1% respectively.

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Conclusion

We have witnessed a decline in the market share of print, radio and OOH. Though radio is increasing by 10% due to improved infrastructure, it still lags behind Digital Media. It is estimated that print will too, lag behind Digital media in the coming time. Hence, it will a competition between television and digital media in future.

Even though digital media’s fast-paced and aggressive growth, it is unlikely that it will surpass the television anytime soon.