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REALITY OF THE VIRTUAL - 2012.8.19.
The title ‘Reality of the Virtual’ comes from the Slavoj Zizek’s lecture/documentary.
I was watching crappy movies on Netflix the other night, and came across, first
‘Love Story 2050’ which was apparently made in conjunction with a million advertisers in Australia by a bunch of Indian folks who speak English only every other sentence so there were subtitles, even in the instances when they were speaking English, and I couldn’t bear to watch more than five minutes because it was so trite it hurt.
After that I put on ‘Terminal Error’ which was described thus:
Michael Nouri stars in this high-tech thriller as Brad Weston, a digital tycoon who must fend off attacks from his former partner, who’s unleashed a computer virus onto the entire system at his firm Autocom.
And I was looking for cyberpunk stuff, maybe something with some low-life hackers doing some damage via ingenuity, so I streamed that sucker. But what I got was a movie where basically the role of haunted houses was filled in by technology… See, the story focused around a young kid, like just on the cusp of teenage I’m too-cool-for-school I hacked into the school computers to right the wrong of some kids who passed a class because they cheated?! yeah, that makes sense. A little warped on the bypass there, but close enough. And this guy’s dad owns this globotech company and he’s too wrapped up in his work, a little too-plugged-in if you know what I mean. Anyway, so, this disgruntled guy who used to work for the father (and who his son hangs out with without gnosis parentis) gives the kid a virus via an mp3, which the kid uploads onto the Dad’s computer at work, even though he was TOLD! NEVER TOUCH MY DAMN WORK COMPUTER… or something like that. Anyway, some people subsequently die in an elevator because this mp3 takes over all the computers. Oh did I mention a nuclear plant the Dad made software for blew up at the beginning because the same guy sent them an mp3 via email. But let me get to the point. The real issue is not that music has power over all aspects of people’s lives and such. We already knew that.
The thing is this virus takes over the whole building, which is perfectly conceivable, see X-Files Episode: Ghost in the Machine. But then, it emails the kid at home, and from that one email, it takes over his house, which is in no way especially wired or roboticized or automatized, except shit’s going down like the tv explodes and the lamps are all shattering and the house catches on fire from the electrical wiring. And, I thought. Well, maybe in a post-Patriot Act world, but when did this movie come out or take place or whatever?
But the weirdest shit happened next, because right after this scene came on and I was thinking about this, I happened to be in the kitchen making dinner (I have a small apartment, so I could see the tv from there) I turned around and the tv, this movie being on netflix, had gone to that screen where it says “You have been watching… ‘Terminal Error’ recommended viewing up next…” or whatever it says. So, it’s like. Well, that’s all you’re gonna get out of this movie. You know, here this technology takes over like all paranormal activity, and then my TV nods and makes a real eerie smile and is like… “yeahh… that’s right.”
So, after that I just watched some Mystery Science Theater 3000. Where the experiment is on you, freak of science. Oh, I watched half of ‘Extract’ first. It seemed alright.
CRI DE COEUR
The interest thing. In medias res. Interesting —Only if it’s not just in the middle of the ‘action’… events, events, events. But straight from the heart.
1 coming between two things in time, place, character, etc.
2 having more than basic knowledge or skills but not yet advanced.
1 an intermediate person or thing.
2 a chemical compound formed by one reaction and then taking part in
Middle English: from medieval Latin intermediatus, from Latin intermedius, from inter- ‘between’ + medius ‘middle’.
- from Concise Oxford English Dictionary
more to come on Media, Thoughts from the Mid-Section, and Inter-Active Annexation