MORE MATRIX AND PHILOSOPHY: REVOLUTIONS AND RELOADED DECODED.
If like me you worship The Matrix Trilogy and like me you thought philosophy
classes in college were the melted cheese on your favourite hamburger… this
book is for you. And be aware that this title is the followed up to the equally
good book called THE MATRIX AND PHILOSOPHY: WELCOME TO THE DESERT OF THE
REAL both edited by William Irwin.
This book, like the rest of this ever growing collection Popular Culture
and Philosophy, is a compilation of various essays about the subject
matter, exploring the philosophy of The Matrix films under 4 different
categories, called scenes. The first scene discusses the Suck-Fest or Success of
the sequels, followed with Scene Two in which Freedom and Reality are discussed.
Scene Three applies to the religious aspects of the films, including Vedanta,
Islam, Christianity, faith and messianic symbolism. While Scene Four delves into
the social political aspects of the trilogy, including race and violence.
So the book is 216 pages long, so with 16 essays, an intro and an epilogue,
it doesn’t leave much room to go hardcore with all the varying aspects of the
Matrix Films. But what I love about this series is that they give you enough
information to want to pursue it even more. So far I’ve read 3 books from this
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Philosophy: Fear and Trembling in
- The Matrix and Philosophy: Welcome to the Desert of the Real.
- More Matrix and Philosophy: Revolutions and Reloaded Decoded
All three were quite fascinating and gripping books to read. The newbie
philosophy amateur will be very comfortable reading about philosophy especially
when they refer to popular culture icons such as Neo and Morpheus or Buffy. The
writers, for the most part, make their arguments accessible to the novice and
still grasp onto more advanced ideas which the novice could easily look up on
the web or by reading other books, the many books mentioned by the essayists.
And thankfully they, with the exception of Sphincter-boy Slavoj Zizek, make you
like philosophy and get you interested to just how deep the rabbit hole does go.
Speaking if Sphincter-Boy, I’ll dedicate a paragraph to him but mostly to the
editor… Slavoj Zizek wrote the final essay of this book and just slaps the
Matrix Fans around like we are all idiots.
"I had a unique opportunity of sitting close to the ideal spectator of the
film — namely an idiot."– Slavoj Zizek (More Matrix and Philosophy:
Revolutions and Reloaded Decoded (paperback), Reloaded Revolutions, p.199)
Not only does he begin by insulting the fans of the series, but also the
readers of this very book. I didn’t purchase this book to get called an idiot.
Not only that but he lacks to make the effort to write a new essay, since this
paragraph can be found in his other essay, the first paragraph of The Matrix:
Or, The Two Sides of Perversion (The Matrix and Philosophy: Welcome to the
Desert of the Real (Paperback) p.240). I often complain that philosophers can
hardly come up with original thought because they to often cite material over
and over again written by other, perhaps greater philosophers. But to plagiarise
one’s own writing is an act of laziness unfitting of a writer and or a
So I ask William Irwin, why Mr. Irwin, why, why, why, why did you allow him
to write the final essay again? The final essay that was like having to pull out
just before orgasm. Just completely ruined the entire satisfaction I was having
reading this book. And just like the first book, I was robbed of my Jouissance,
to use a word that Zizek abused during his mockery. After reading his essay, I
was frustrated. I was made to feel like an imbecile for appreciating The Matrix
trilogy, I was made to feel like a cretin for enjoying and reading the very
books you exquisitely edited. Also to add that whenever someone denigrates
readers, especially on philosophy which many don’t want to read, it won’t
attract the lay-people to this type of critical thought, because no one likes to
feel like an idiot.
One thing is for sure, I won’t be picking up books by Zizek anytime soon. I
don’t give my hard-earned money to get treated like a dick by some would be
philosopher who can’t even address an issue without referring to its supporters
"It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought
without accepting it."-Aristotle
Despite getting an Intellectual Bobbit Job at the end I give this book a 4