Wednesday, May 28, 2003

The Matrix Reloaded

Mondschein’s project—persuading cubicle-slaves to reject their own matrix—drives his reading of the film, which is, to say the least, amenable to his treatment. The results are, um, illuminating. On the Architect: “In Gnostic theology, it is Satan, not God, who has created the world in order to imprison humanity.” And: “The first movie made use of Baudrillard’s Simulacra and Simulation; this movie seems to be dipping into Foucault and Derrida, who wrote that the systems of power and control are all-pervasive, and language is one of the ways they make their influence felt. The Prophecy is, like all prophecies, speech, and thus language. More importantly, it is a religion, and, as John Zerzan writes, the purpose of a religion is to manipulate signs, that is, words, for the purpose of control.” (Ken Mondschein, “Kung Fu Philosophers: The Corporate Mofo Guide to the Matrix Reloaded,”

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There’s an interesting intersection point between Mondschein’s article and Peter B. Lloyd’s entry ‘Glitches in the Matrix and How to Fix Them’ from “Taking the Red Pill.” Te point has to do with the plausibility of the human power plant, created by the machines.  Both Lloyd and Mondschein see the coppertop explanation as implausible, at best.  Mondschein says the real reason harks back to Asimov’s Laws of Robotics, arguing that the machines purpose is to serve humanity, not destroy it.  He takes this entertaining, but flawed concept, into the Reloaded resulting in some very debatable, plot explanations.  Meantime,  Lloyd’s conjectures that the energy return on investment (the energy for producing all the food needed to keep the coppertops going would far exceed that obtained from the bioelectricity produced).  I buy into Lloyd’s proposal that the ‘real’ reason for the power plant is to utilize the parallel human brain power to work the new form of nuclear fusion that Morpheus mentions in his description of the power plant.     


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