Question: “The Matrix presents to viewers a myriad of cultural themes/issues/theories/perspectives that have relevance to contemporary society. Discuss how The Matrix presents the ideas and how they inform and relate to your understanding of your own cultural context”
The Matrix discusses many themes that are relevant to today’s society. The Matrix shows the ideas through making them relevant to our society and cultural context. It presents the issues of social ignorance, standing up for what you know is right, and questioning what you’re told that are all relevant to everyone in society.
Many people in society ignore social issues because they hope that if they can convince themselves that the issues are not there then they will just disappear, and it won’t affect the ‘perfect world’. The Matrix reflects that ignorant aspect of society, because people choose to see and accept only what they want to and how they want. People are scared of what might happen if they follow their intuition. Society forces them to be ignorant because it is easier to ignore the bad things that happen around them and to pretend they don’t exist. Many issues are visible in society, but some people pretend it’s not there when they see it because they might be obliged to intervene. This they may think would disrupt their everyday lives. So they just walk past and avoid believing that they saw it. The Matrix shows the way people ignore social issues through this quote: “You have to understand, most of these people are not ready to be unplugged. And many of them are so inured, so hopelessly dependent on the system, that they will fight to protect it” This explains that the people in the Matrix are so ignorant to its existence that they force themselves to be blinded to it and pretend it’s not there, and that they will fight against their intuition and what they know is right to remain oblivious. They are so “hopelessly dependent” on society and fitting in and conforming with the...
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