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William G. Doty

William G. Doty is a retired Professor of Humanities and Religious Studies at the University of Alabama. He has published 16 books and over 70 essays in a wide range of academic journals. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Jacking In to the Matrix Franchise : Cultural Reception and Interpretation

Continuum, 2004

Book chapter

...The Matrix changed the way we see things.Welcome to a series of discussions of one of the most widely viewed entertainment-culture productions of our decade: the Matrix franchise. The year 1999 saw the first episode, then 2003 brought both...

Is Neo White? Reading Race, Watching the Trilogy

Jacking In to the Matrix Franchise : Cultural Reception and Interpretation

Continuum, 2004

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...African American philosopher, Tommy Lott, author of The Invention of Race, has recently termed the Matrix trilogy the greatest contribution to contemporary Black cinema. Lott’s comments strike us as odd, if not misplaced. Although the films...

Religion, Community, and Revitalization: Why Cinematic Myth Resonates

Jacking In to the Matrix Franchise : Cultural Reception and Interpretation

Continuum, 2004

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...In 1999, four professors, including myself, from a small, Christian, liberal arts university in eastern Tennessee, sneaked out of our hotel rooms one evening, piled into one car, and hurriedly drove several miles to see The Matrix. We were...

Strange Volutions: The Matrix Franchise as a Post-Human Memento Mori

Jacking In to the Matrix Franchise : Cultural Reception and Interpretation

Continuum, 2004

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...You had poked your head or what you thought was your head out of dreams or clouds unable to sustain such a steadfast belief in a mirror of mercy and were witness to the implacable spectacle of the diaspora of entire nations, thousands upon...

Biomorph:The Posthuman Thing

Jacking In to the Matrix Franchise : Cultural Reception and Interpretation

Continuum, 2004

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...The Posthuman The Matrix series is a multimedia reflection on the relationship between human beings and machines, between flesh and metal. In many ways it is yet another version of the old story of the battle between the two types...

Fascist Redemption or Democratic Hope?

Jacking In to the Matrix Franchise : Cultural Reception and Interpretation

Continuum, 2004

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...“Comprehension is not requisite for cooperation.”“[The Matrix Reloaded] is suspicious of salvation narratives. It’s deeply anti-dogmatic. The critics haven’t figured that out yet, but the scholars will get to it.”Despite millions of words...

Visions of Hope, Freedom of Choice, and the Alleviation of Social Misery: A Pragmatic Reading of the Matrix Franchise

Stephanie J. Wilhelm

Stephanie J. Wilhelm

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Matthew Kapell

Matthew Wilhelm Kapell has graduate degrees in biological anthropology and history as well as a Ph.D. in American Studies. He has published on genetics, urban history, African colonial history, as well as four books in film and television studies and has taught extensively in the United States and Great Britain. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Jacking In to the Matrix Franchise : Cultural Reception and Interpretation

Continuum, 2004

Book chapter

...When we first saw The Matrix in 1999, it became apparent that this was not just another Hollywood movie packed with dazzling special effects, a beautiful woman in tight vinyl, and a few waxing philosophical dialogues to fill in the gaps...

Try the Blue Pill: What’s Wrong with Life in a Simulation?

Jacking In to the Matrix Franchise : Cultural Reception and Interpretation

Continuum, 2004

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...In the Matrix trilogy, Neo learns that the urban landscape where he has lived, grown, and worked is a simulation of reality, not the real world. It does not exist in physical space but within the parameters of an infernally complex computer...

Conclusion

Matthew Kapell

Matthew Wilhelm Kapell has graduate degrees in biological anthropology and history as well as a Ph.D. in American Studies. He has published on genetics, urban history, African colonial history, as well as four books in film and television studies and has taught extensively in the United States and Great Britain. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Jacking In to the Matrix Franchise : Cultural Reception and Interpretation

Continuum, 2004

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...On a Saturday morning in 1999,1 sat with my then nine-year-old stepdaughter Kristen, and viewed the science-fiction movie Deep Impact (1998). The film depicts the effects of a comet striking the earth; the heroes who save the world from...

Stopping Bullets: Constructions of Bliss and Problems of Violence

Jacking In to the Matrix Franchise : Cultural Reception and Interpretation

Continuum, 2004

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...In the film The Matrix (1999), a hacker named Neo finds that the world in which he has been living—an urban landscape of office buildings, rave clubs, and restaurants with good noodles—is actually a neural net interactive software program...