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Re: <nettime> The Matrix Rules
Replicant on Mon, 15 Nov 1999 19:00:45 +0100 (CET)

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Re: <nettime> The Matrix Rules

--- "Dr. Future" <richard {AT} dig-lgu.demon.co.uk> wrote:

>It is supposedly the culmination of tendencies first noted over thirty years
>ago in writings like Debord's "Society of the Spectacle" where "everythin
>that was directly lived has passed away into representation".

This concept was expressed even earlier - in 1909, by E. M. Forster in his
seminal short story "The Machine Stops". 

>From http://www.transparencynow.com/mach1.htm :

"As in any well-functioning totalitarian society, the inhabitants of this
automated prison believe they live this way by choice, having long since
developed an aversion both to the surface of the earth and to direct
experiences, unmediated by the machine." 


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