Our readings this week focused on the the nature of reality and how it is possible to "know" that what we think of as reality is, in fact, real. Pick any TWO of our our readings in "Scene 1" (the first section of our book) and compare what they are saying about reality and The Matrix. You may choose to focus on a single issue that interests you (for example, could we be living in the Matrix?) or something you found particularly new or confusing (such as a philosophers use of particular words). As usual, when you are finished, take time to respond to classmates (at least three). The more you respond, the more responses you get!
For the second blog, write a response (250-500 word) to The Matrix. You may use any of the readings or anything else you know (other films and etc.) to frame your ideas. You may discuss one or two themes or ideas you saw, read about, or that we discussed in class. You may ask questions that you would like to find the answers to, or anything else that you think of related to the film as long as you do not summarize the plot (except, perhaps, to illustrate a broader point). Be sure to read and respond to classmates' posts that you find interesting! You must respond, as always, to a minimum of 3 classmates, but feel free to be prolific. The more you repond to others, the more responses you will get!
Though I have not yet found outside verification, the theory (was it Kimberly or Demetria?) that the "Apoc" was short for "Apocalypse" would seem to be correct as Apoc was supposedly famous, according to Wikia Entertainment (http://matrix.wikia.com/wiki/Apoc) for writing a virus called "The Four Horsemen" as in "The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse". I have not verified this in the film and do not know where Wikia got that information. According to Wikipedia, there was also a famous club in Berlin called "The Matrix" that featured a mural of "The Four Horsemen" holding musical instruments that might have been painted by the members of the band Jefferson Airplane, later called Jefferson Starship(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Matrix_(club)).
After you have completed the reading in Wikipedia as assigned ("The Allegory of the Cave") Imagine that you are in the Socrates' cave. At what stage are you? Still chained? Walking out into the light? How do you know where you are? What evidence in your life supports your claim that you are where you are? Please write about 250 words on this subject and post it to your blog as "Blog 1". You should post this blog on YOUR blog site, not as a response here.
Welcome to the Living in the Matrix class blog! Here I will be posting all sorts of things that I am thinking about as the semester progresses as well as your blog assignments. If you see something interesting please leave me a comment! Also, feel free to explore what my other classes are doing by taking the link back to the "Game Nation" home blog (www.cunygames.blogspot.edu).
C. Jason Smith, Ph.D. is Professor of English at the City University of New York-LaGuardia CC. He has published books and articles on gender in science fiction film and fantasy and is an active science and technology writer.