The Matrix: Neo Complex

When I was a kid, I was a bit of an oddball among guys (or so I thought).  I didn’t really agree with many of society’s tenants. I thought watching sports was silly, hurting others was pointless, and I didn’t understand the irrational, egotistical drives of other men (it was testosterone). As a result of all of this, when I was off in my boyish fantasyland, I often thought of breaking free in some supernatural way; I day-dreamed of the idea of being some sort of chosen one. How cliche was I, huh?

The Matrix contains motifs that tug at the desires of young men. Sometimes it’s obvious, with awesome fight scenes, advanced knowledge, and a sense of superiority over “the other sheep.” More subtly, it gives Neo a journey of ultimate purpose, more important than the world he lives in. I’ll speak only for guys, because I am one, but I know that many young men want their life to be like that: action-packed, unique, and purposeful (Neo gets laid later on, too).

So, what made the the first Matrix deeper than, say, the Transformers series, even if both movies are appealing to a similar audience? The Matrix paced it better. It kept its themes consistent throughout the whole movie. The fight scenes, dialogue, and environments were all purposed toward a simple and focused theme: “One man is chosen to free humanity from a faux society.”


To Play, Perchance to Battle – Ay There’s the Rub!

Before fully grasping the concepts of the Metaverse in Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson, I imagined the Metaverse as a simple game with small characters similar to a colorless version of the Super Mario Bros. I thought of the game as cartoonish, bleak, and hardly three-dimensional.

This however, is the beauty of imagination.

Though my thoughts where way off target from Stephenson’s particular viewpoint of his own novel, (and everyone else’s viewpoint for that matter) who’s to say my imagined Metaverse wasn’t a well enough assumption?

No one can! My own thoughts and imagination are just as good as the nerdy kid who sits across from me, who thinks he figured out the meaning of life at age 9. I’m entitled to my own thoughts despite how unsound they may be.

I’ve always considered myself to be a dreamer; so living in an imaginary world is very common for me. Like every teenage girl, I liked to dream up my future down to my kids names and birth dates; it’s a chick thing! This is why reading about combat with swords and spears in Snow Crash, is far more engaging to me than virtual combat in LOTRO.

Now that I understand that the Metaverse is actually more of an outgrowth of the Interent and is a fully immersive three-dimensional virtual world, I now imagine the place more like The Matrix or maybe even like Star Wars. (What, I need some type of reference point!)

I imagine the swards and spears clinking together the way lightsabers do, and everyones characters are made out of a million different numbers. The idea of being able to dream up my own battlefield of the Metaverse is simply far more appealing then playing a game like LOTRO where I am limited to killing one thing at a time, using one weapon at a time, and living in one virtual battlefield that has already been designed for me.

Though it is compelling and engaging to battle in LOTRO, (my little hobbit looks so cute taking on the giant Spider) I would much rather have a battle in my head without any boundaries. I can always throw in some other random characters that aren’t even in the book and out of nowhere start slaying dragons. Because that boys and girls is the beauty of imagination; to read, perchance to imagine – ay there’s no rub!