Feel More Real

Truly fascinating:

There are reams of academic literature written on the idea of The Matrix as a trans allegory (most of them published after at least Lana came out), but on its most basic level, the movie follows characters who break free of their real life via the internet, creating online identities that feel more real than their physical ones.

via VOX

I had never put it into these words, but, this resonates deeply with me. I absolutely loved, loved, loved The Matrix series – everything about it.

But, I haven’t always been able to explain why it was such an impactful event and experience in my life.

I viscerally remember sitting in the very back row of a theater in Jacksonville, Florida and gasping when I saw the first Bullet Time, slow-motion 360 degrees rotation camera-thingy…!

… I just spent 30 minutes making this .gif:

Bullet Time™️!

Chills yo, chills!

But the nail on the head is right here:

… the movie follows characters who break free of their real life via the internet, creating online identities that feel more real than their physical ones.

Yup. Exactly.

And I imagine that for folks like Lana and Lilly Wachowski (and the many “eggs” still out there, literally and metaphorically!), the internet may just be the single-most important thing that has ever happened to them – it helped them become who they were always meant to be.

What a gift. I feel the same.

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