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From red pills to red, white and blue Brexit: how The Matrix shaped our reality | Film | The Guardian
Baudrillard died in 2007, a year before the financial crash saw the wheels come off hypercapitalism. He may not have been surprised that confronted by a genuine rip in the fabric of the system, the response among both public and politicians was a frantic attempt to go back to normal and never mention it again. Instead, a bogus new reality arose – the reanimated far-right. With awful irony, the stunted boys of 4chan and Reddit appropriated The Matrix. To “redpill” became a verb, opening the eyes of new recruits to their hated oppressors – feminists, people of colour and progressives. Morpheus became the face of memes that asked: “What If I Told You Hitler Was A Socialist?”

And here we are now, in the Britain of 2019. It is, of course, pure Baudrillard, a country manically returning to an earlier version of itself that never existed. Our unreality is operating at a heightened pitch. Global leaders lie so openly as to mock the very notion of truth. We exist as plots of online data, the last real things in an internet otherwise home only to bots and deepfakes. There is even an updated model of the brain in the vat – “simulated universe” theory, in which you are, right now, part of a computer program. Elon Musk is a believer.

Inevitably, as the 20th anniversary of the film has approached, plans have emerged for a Matrix reboot. Reports have suggested that after last year’s cancellation of their Netflix project Sense8, the Wachowskis may retire from filmmaking. But Warner Bros, as the owners of the movie, did not seem to be involving them anyway. Instead, it was said, the studio would take their intellectual property and create an expanded “multiverse” of related characters and storylines. A whole set of new Matrixes, in other words – all accompanied by the ghost of Jean Baudrillard.
TheMatrix  film  reality  BaudrillardJean  Wachowskis  redPill  metaphor  alt-right  misinformation  Brexit 
2 days ago by petej
How YouTube Built a Radicalization Machine for the Far-Right
A glimpse into the rabbit hole that is youtube's algorithm, that aims to retain view time and how it shapes the minds of its audience, specifically the ones on their formative years
Former extremists say they were sucked in by propaganda as teenagers, thanks to an algorithm’s dark side.
algorithms  alt-right  anti-Semitism  anti-feminism  conservatives  atheism  youtube 
21 days ago by hthief
Alex Jones’ Lawyer Violated Legal Ethics By Soliciting Porn Bribes. Just How Dirty Is Marc Randazza? | HuffPost
America’s foremost attorney for far-right extremists wanted “a little gravy,” then lied to cover it up. That’s just part of his twisted journey through a lax legal system.
2018-12  law  corruption  alt-right  longform 
23 days ago by Weaverbird
(1160) How to Fall Down the Anti-SJW Rabbit Hole - YouTube - James O'Brien: Reclaiming and Redefining the Social Justice Discourse
// Social Media bubble //
- average joe - vs newspaper op ed -
caught between entertainers and pol commentators
this is not about politics
SJW  alt-right  liberal  democracy  virtue  signalling  reactionary  Feminism  Social  Media  MSM  Fake  News  Identity  Politics  ideology  Donald  Trump  DonaldTrump  Brexit 
24 days ago by asterisk2a

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