Wednesday, May 28, 2003

There’s No Exit From the Matrix

An interesting extrapolation from movie to movie-industrial-complex. “The genius of the P.R. strategy was its exploitation of the original film’s geeky cult status as a thinking kid’s kung fu extravaganza. . . . This does not explain why the movie’s multicultural orgy scene looks like a Club Med luau run amok, but maybe the inspiration for that was Kahlil Gibran.” And then: “We are not just plugged into their matrix to be sold movies and other entertainment products. These companies can also plug the nation into news narratives as ubiquitous and lightweight as ‘The Matrix Reloaded,’ but with more damaging side effects” (Frank Rich, “There’s No Exit From the Matrix,” The New York Times, May 25, 2003). The article also evokes metaphors of pots and kettles. . . .

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