Nov. 4th, 2011

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I'm re-reading Grant Morrison's The Invisibles, again, and it's struck me, more and more, exactly how much was "borrowed" from this book, to be pumped into The Matrix. Seriously, if you loved The Matix, go read The Invisibles. The individual content and format of the Chapel Perilous story arcs for Lord Fanny, King Mob, Boy, and Ragged Robin resonantes well with that of the Animatrix shorts. The scene with the mirror, right after Neo takes the Red Pill, really only makes sense in the context of Morrison's portrayal of the Magic Mirror... It's all... Bendy.

Anyway, after I got done with all of that, I thought of several additions to The Matrix which would have made the whole thing that much better. I was thinking about the reality-level-hopping/conceptual Klein-Bottling which are hinted at in the second film, but should have been made far more explicit. Neo being able to affect machines in "The Real World?" Come on! What the fuck is That, people?! How do we not talk about this, for the entire first 30 minutes of the final film? That shit should have been huge! To close in on the idea that "levels" of reality can affect each other, and that the rules of one system can be leveraged onto another? That would be revolutionary.

Think about it. In the film, what we never see is someone taking the things with which they're downloaded and implimenting them in the "real world." The idea could have been broached with something simple, like Language Downloads. Imagine: Someone (say Trinity) downloads some French to talk to the Meovingian. They have a long conversation in French, and the latter party is duly impressed, giving them what they need, and so Trinity and crew then exit the Matrix. Some hours pass by and Trinity and Neo are arguing about some stupid damn thing when all of a sudden, mid-sentence stream, Trinity continues yelling in French. They're both shocked, but then Neo recalls what Morpheus said to him, in the "Desert Of The Real."

"What is real? How do you define real? If you're talking about what you can feel, what you can smell, what you can taste and see, then 'real' is simply electrical signals interpreted by your brain."

And that applies to knowledge and action, as well. If your brain has been biomechanically altered to take in and process programmed electrical impulses as epistemic, ontological, and metaphysical reality, then that would just seem to make it all the easier to take those programs with you, at all times. The structural alteration of your mind doesn't cease just because you're in a new environment. The programming of the Matrix isn't such that your knowledges are dependent on its structure.

MINDLESS SELF INDULGENCE - [Never Wanted To Dance (Combichrist Electrohurtz Remix)]--- It's really quite simple: If Neo Learns Kung Fu in the Matrix, Then Neo Should Know Kung Fu In The "Real" World.

This would play with the structure of the idea of reality and simulation, without relying on the idea of "OMG TEH REALZ IZ JSUT ANOTHER HALLUCINATION!" Instead, we're presented with the connundrum of, "No. It Isn't. Or Maybe it Is. It really just doesn't fucking matter. The point is: Systems Can Be Leveraged Against Each Other, And Used To Break Those Very Systems." Then we create training programs that teach resistance fighters how to interface with machine intelligence, and to express human thought in machine language and then everybody wins.

All it takes is a little imagination.

In that same vein, i've been reading Jonathan Hickman's S.H.I.E.L.D., and today i finished the most recent three issues.

"...Déjà vu is actually a quantum resonance across parallel universes. Moments where, in actuality, you exist in the exact same spot doing the exact same thing, in another reality. Did you know that déjà vu is much more common at a younger age than older? It makes perfect sense, really. Quantum Divergence increases with age-- more choices, more tangents. . . "

I'm not going to tell you who said it, because that would ruin a bit of the awesome.

Honestly, I can barely talk about S.H.I.E.L.D, because it's just too damn awesome and too damn close. It's like I'm watching the Fan Fiction I would write if I were in the Marvel Universe's Alternate-Historical Preenactment Society. Or even in our universe's... Just... Guh. So, So Right.

Also, at [ profile] unknownbinaries' urging, I've started reading Homestuck. It's a little too ADD for me to read all the time, but it's pretty funny. It's like someone drew their sleep deprived internet wanderings... It should be a lot of fun.

That's... That's all I got. I'm going to go get a shower.


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