============================================================================ From: "Diana and Jeff Jewell" <•••@••.•••> To: <•••@••.•••> Subject: RE: cj#1079> re: What is 'the matrix'? Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2000 12:40:38 -0800 Hey, thanks for the question! I was wondering the same thing myself, Bill, but didn't get around to asking, thinking I must have missed some previous e-mails from Richard, and didn't have time or energy to go back through the archives! Professor of Political Science, Michael Parenti, has two great books that touch on the subject: "Inventing Reality: The Politics of News Media", and "Make Believe Media: The Politics of Entertainment", if anyone cares to read more about how we're "managed" by the Powers that Be. Also, the prize-winning Canadian documentary, "Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media" by Peter Wintonick and Mark Achbar, which won prized around the world a few years ago. The National Film Board of Canada helped them fund and finish their monumental work, and it's available through them, or through libraries. Happy Awakening! Diana Jewell North Vancouver Activist ============================================================================ From: "Vadim Bondar" <•••@••.•••> To: •••@••.••• Subject: Re: cj#1079> re: What is 'the matrix'? Date: Sat, 01 Apr 2000 23:51:33 EST Hi Richard, I too, like Mark, thought the article had a bit of a piling on effect. But your commentary was great and the theme I hope will be continued. Vadim. ============================================================================ Date: Sun, 02 Apr 2000 00:28:13 +1000 From: Phoenix <•••@••.•••> To: Richard Moore <•••@••.•••> Subject: Re: cj#1079> re: What is 'the matrix'? Dear Richard Sometimes I find it hard to condense an idea into words, even unspoken words in my head. So I just want to send you a little thank you for the following quote from the last CyberJournal post: Your concern is not for yourself, but rather for those readers who would reject the whole piece due to these possible errors. Many, however, would not notice. Of those who would notice, many might realize that the diagnosis is not really the issue. Of the rest, many are probably going to reject the article in any case, because if they believed it they would be too uncomfortable. I've heard many people say "I can't believe that - if I did then I'd have to do something about it, and I can't think of anything to do." I've noticed this behaviour on the part of others so often & been so confused & annoyed by it. Generally I would blame myself for perhaps not striking the right chord, or having some flaw in my argument, as any inconsistency, however small, is usually dragged out for dissection &/or ridicule, tarring the whole of the argument unfairly. I experienced it most recently just a day ago when posting information to a parrot owners' email group about effects of soybased food on birds. I tried to make it quite clear that I was not trying to worry anyone unnecessarily & I was trying to get information on the subject so everyone could make up their own minds. I am not the sort of person to sensationalise things & usually play things down rather than up! But with that one post, & before any information before or against had even been posted, all discussion was quashed by one person claiming that 'it had all been cleared up years ago to almost everyone's satisfaction' & then claimed that anyone who noted ill-effects from soy-based parrot food was just actually blaming the feed companies for their own bad aviary practices - end of discussion!. <sigh> All of this is not any of your concern of course (although it feels good to get it off my chest!), but that one little piece hit so close to home I couldn't let it pass unremarked. Lynette BTW I loved the Matrix too - VERY gnostic. ============== Dear Lynette, Gnostic indeed, or as some call it, shamanistic. I'm sending you by seperarte mail an article: "The Matrix as Shamanic Journey". When will people learn that metaphors are multi-purpose if they're much good. rkm ============================================================================ To: •••@••.••• From: John Lowry <•••@••.•••> Subject: Re: cj#1079> re: What is 'the matrix'? The matrix is also the stuff of econometrics, the next idea to come along in economics after marginal utility. It attempts to measure "marginal utility" in a multi-dimensional setting. The trouble is, the values entered in the tabulation are in terms of money, the one common denominator. Consequently, what econometrics optimizes is the use of money, not real economic value. ============== Dear John, I admire the way you are able to relate your concerns to whatever happens to come along... (:>) Isn't it strange that 'marignal utility' and 'econometric' rule our lives, and yet few have a clue as to what they mean! In the Middle Ages most people were at least able to recite all about the subtleties of The Trinity. Why is humanity so advanced in the pence column yet so retarded in the pounds? rkm ============================================================================ Richard K Moore Wexford, Irleand Citizens for a Democratic Renaissance email: •••@••.••• CDR website: http://cyberjournal.org cyberjournal archive: http://members.xoom.com/centrexnews/ book in progress: http://cyberjournal.org/cdr/gri.html A community will evolve only when the people control their means of communication. -- Frantz Fanon Permission for non-commercial republishing hereby granted - BUT include and observe all restrictions, copyrights, credits, and notices - including this one. ============================================================================ .