The Viewer

The Viewer • Hand-picked video recommendations to surprise and delight you

How We Become Genocidal

Then & Now | YouTube | 27th January 2021

Addressing an age-old question: how do normal people end up participating in evil? One obvious factor in 1930s Germany was the abhorrent conditions imposed by the Treaty of Versailles: "the frustration of basic human needs is almost always experienced relative to some other group." And so the Jews became the behind-the-scenes orchestrator of everything Germans feared and resented (1h 1m 48s)

The Art Of Framing: Hitchcock's Vertigo

Danny Bellini | YouTube | 19th March 2018

Visual analysis of Vertigo, maybe the most enigmatic film of the 20th century. The argument is that left-to-right movement represents clarity and progress, while right-to-left movement represents confusion and regress. For example, "throughout these painful moments of watching Scottie change Judy into Madeleine, he's always forcing her into the left of the frame" (12m 59s)

How Many People Did Nuclear Energy Kill?

Kurzgesagt | YouTube | 2nd February 2021

Answer: not as many as you might think. "One study found that nuclear energy actually saved two million lives between 1971 and 2009 by displacing fossil fuels from the global energy mix." And while Chernobyl and Fukushima have killed hundreds directly and (possibly) thousands indirectly, the Banqiao Flood—a Chinese hydro-power accident—may have killed over 240,000 alone (10m 39s)

Marc Chagall's Ceiling for the Paris Opera

The Canvas | YouTube | 25th January 2021 flat-out awe-inspiring—flowing, colorful, playful, endlessly complex. And yet many feel that the "luxury and classical aesthetic of the red and gold theater do not concord whatsoever with its new multicolored ceiling", that the "inconsistency created by the placement of a modern work of art in a premodern setting disrupts the intended harmony." The tension, ultimately, is left unresolved (7m 14s)

Otherworldly Video Of The Week

An eerie tour through an animated reconstruction of Borges's Library of Babel

The Viewer is brought to you by The Browser, the curated newsletter of writing worth reading. The Browser is to writing what The Viewer is to video.

Comments? Suggestions? Write to us at

Editor: Abe Callard
Publisher: Jacob Silkstone []

Enjoyed this post? Get The Viewer every week in your inbox, free
Subscribe now

Sign up here to receive a free weekly newsletter full of video selections to feed your curiosity.

You've successfully subscribed to The Viewer
Great! Next, complete checkout for full access to The Viewer
Welcome back! You've successfully signed in
Success! Your account is fully activated, you now have access to all content.