Everything Is A Remix: The Matrix

A nice job of illustrating one film’s myriad visual and narrative allusions to prior films and other visual media:

If only there were some way to bring so vividly to life a literary or philosophical work’s connections to all that has gone before it.


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Dr. Daniel Fincke  has his PhD in philosophy from Fordham University and spent 11 years teaching in college classrooms. He wrote his dissertation on Ethics and the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. On Camels With Hammers, the careful philosophy blog he writes for a popular audience, Dan argues for atheism and develops a humanistic ethical theory he calls “Empowerment Ethics”. Dan also teaches affordable, non-matriculated, video-conferencing philosophy classes on ethics, Nietzsche, historical philosophy, and philosophy for atheists that anyone around the world can sign up for. (You can learn more about Dan’s online classes here.) Dan is an APPA  (American Philosophical Practitioners Association) certified philosophical counselor who offers philosophical advice services to help people work through the philosophical aspects of their practical problems or to work out their views on philosophical issues. (You can read examples of Dan’s advice here.) Through his blogging, his online teaching, and his philosophical advice services each, Dan specializes in helping people who have recently left a religious tradition work out their constructive answers to questions of ethics, metaphysics, the meaning of life, etc. as part of their process of radical worldview change.

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  • http://aratina.blogspot.com Aratina Cage

    A couple of Drew Barrymore associations: The stopping of the bullet also goes back to Firestarter (1984) where Charlie (played by Barrymore) develops the capability in her final rage, and using wired phones as a means of transportation to the homebase seems like a natural progression from the cry of “phone home” in E.T. (1982).

    And of course, so much of The Matrix is taken right from Ghost in the Shell (1995). A major difference is that the world and plot is inverted (as is the motion of the green characters in the title sequence). In Ghost in the Shell, humans are harnessing electronics and becoming cyborgs to enhance their own capabilities when one electronic “slave” mind becomes sentient and attempts to break into the organic world.