Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Blog Entry 6 (Essay 3): Matrix Review (Due: 03/22)

For the sixth blog entry, write a response (500 word) to The Matrix. You should know (other films and etc.) to frame your ideas. 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!

Things to think about:
  1. Sexuality and Gender: How important is the body in The Matrix? How are bodies portrayed (visually) on the screen?
  2. Race: Is “race” important in The Matrix? Where do you see racial themes directly addressed? Where are racial issues “implied”? Is Neo white?
  3. Reality vs. Illusion (as in Plato’s Cave): Would you rather live in The Matrix? Why/not
  4. Human vs. Machines: What is our relationship with our tools, with our machines?
  5. Humans as Machines: Are humans and machines really that different? Why or why not?
  6. Are we living in the Matrix? How do you know?
  7. What do the characters’ names/nicknames mean?
FOR NEXT WEEK READ: The Matrix and Philosophy (TMAF) 5-15 

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