When I first heard that we got to write about the connection between The Matrix and Jean Baudrillard’s theory I was really excited. I knew that the connection between the two was there, and I thought it would be both fun and interesting to write about them. Unfortunately, this really wasn’t the case for me. It felt like a lot of what I wanted to write was too obvious, so I ran out of things to say. I kept looking back at the assignment but that didn’t help either: it also made everything seem too obvious to write about.
So I kept looking back at the readings and my notes. I watched a couple of scenes a few more times. I stared at my computer screen and surfed the internet. I wrote, rearranged, changed my mind and put things back, then rearranged some more. In the end I was left with something that seems to work. Yes, lots of it still seems obvious (I mean, the Matrix is obviously a simulacrum with no basis in reality), but I have a pretty good blend of Baudrillard and examples from the film to make a coherent essay. I might not be saying anything ground breaking, but at least I’m happy with what I am saying.