April 03, 2005

Baudrillard, Borges, and The Matrix

After I posted about McLuhan, Alice mentioned I might try reading Baudrillard as well. Then Baudrillard's name came up in an article next to McLuhan's. So I thought: Twice in one week means I need to find out more.

I googled Baudrillard and found a page with some of his work online. An excerpt from a book called Simulcra and Simulation? Again, I thought, I know that title. That's the book that Neo has in The Matrix, where he stores his illegal warez. It's the scene where Neo follows the "White Rabbit."

So I follow the rabbit myself, and look up the book. On the first page Baudrillard mentions one of my favorite authors, Borges.

So the upshot of all this is that I guess I need to mark Baudrillard "for further investigation."

1 comment:

alice@blogalice.com said...

hahaha that's too funny. yes, the simulacra(um)...about the reality we create becoming taken for granted as reality, a mirror image, nothing real, but real because we make it so. Really entertaining stuff. I can't wait to see what you say about it!