The Matrix: Fear Of Technology In A Dystopian World

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The Matrix uses technology to dominate humankind, by implementing a socially stabilizing virtual reality program, thus warning of the consequences of abandoning emotion for logical thought. Millions of people flock to the movie theater year after year on a quest to be entertained. Even a mediocre movie has the ability to take the audience to another place, escaping the realities of their own life, if only for a mere few hours. Some movies are simply pure entertainment. And then, there are those movies that provoke conversation long after the film has been viewed. Dystopian themes are not new, and have historically provided a template to gage the course of human existence. The Matrix ...view middle of the document...

Morpheus offers Neo an opportunity to see the world for what it really is, to break free from the bondage of technology and change the way his body interfaces with the machines. Morpheus presents his choices, “You take the blue pill – the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill – you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes.” There is a humanistic need to mentally escape the raw details of reality. Since technology has also advanced society in glorious way, it is easy to fall prey to its power and negative effects as well. This is witnessed in today as many people have become, in a sense, slaves to the technology devices. The smartphone, the biggest culprit, has become an extension of self, whereas living without its functionally seems impossible.
Throughout The Matrix, the characters show a distrust of technology. Their previous lives have been taken over by technology. They were literally imprisoned by the program, plugged in like a socket. The disruption of natural order in the world has stifled nearly stifled the maturation of species. Technology annihilated nature habitat and replaced it with their mechanical “breed.” Through the war

against AI and humans, machinery replaced natural resources and earth became a barren wasteland. This is a slow building mimic of the world today. Machines and technology control the natural resources in the world: water flow, electricity, and natural gas. If and when there is a major failure, society has become so dependent upon the technology that controls these resources that the result would be catastrophic.
The fear of technology is another recurring theme throughout the film. The controlling program traces telephone calls allowing the program to eliminate any threats to its dominance over humans. The tracing of phone calls is how the program is able to fight against the resistance movement. Like the film, today’s society sees an increasing occurrence of governments tracing and listening in on the...

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