‘Matrix' & other tricks

The much-anticipated sequel to The Matrix, titled The Matrix Reloaded, did an astonishing $135.8-million in ticket sales during its four-day opening. That’s a lot of moolah, especially for a movie that goes to such extraordinary lengths to confuse the genuine and the counterfeit, the real and the virtual, people and machines, Keanu Reeves and real actors. Or should we say simulacra and simulation?

One thing the philosophically...

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