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Baudrillard and The Matrix

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.

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Explaining the Crosby Goal

Today I tried telling my family that no one really saw Crosby’s gold-winning goal.  It didn’t go over well.  Everyone was watching the TV when it happened, so everyone immediately argued with me that we all saw it because we were there.  As my dad said, “We saw it on the replay!”  He also made sure to point it out to me when we saw the replay once again on the news (connected with this story).

For my part, I had stopped trying to explain what I meant as soon as I was met with such opposition.  I mean, who am I to argue with what is ‘real’?  It is actally like Morpheus says: “most of these people are not ready to be unplugged. And many of them are so inured, so hopelessly dependent on the system, that they will fight to protect it.”  That’s what happened to me earlier today.  My family didn’t want to hear the “truth,” and so fought to protect the simulacrum.

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