I aim to highlight a meme that seems to have been introduced into the public stream, and I especially allude to it in the light of the civil unrest that certain regions of the globe have incurred lately.
Remember when I use the word meme, I mean the strict definition sourced from the Oxford Dictionary of Psychology..
For now the definition from Word-Web will be enough:
(biology) a cultural unit (an idea, value or pattern of behaviour) that is passed from one person to another by non-genetic means (as by imitation)
Now.. first in order to set the scene and illustrate this reality, I go back in history to the 90s where I first encountered online experience, having the opportunity to witness internet lifestyle and multiplayer gaming at the internet cafe that opened in my home town.
One thing that transpired upon those 6 computers available to the paying customers, was IRC chat. Black and white text and a channel, containing individuals who'd adopted an alias in order to impose their personality upon the present online audience. Who were those distinguished characters with that noted '@' symbol prefixing their names?
Channel operators! imbued with authority and rank...
able to kick and ban profiles from the channel.. and so extend their aureole of sarcastic power!
Through my puerile experience of this IRC chat, I must remark something that must've been a server theme. A key catch-phrase that was printed whenever some activity transpired in the channels. Whatever the case was.. I remember it quite clearly..
something like "Existence is merely a dream".
Whatever technical reason triggered this phrase is immaterial..
it was enough to know that those self-styled cyber crusaders of that generation, took it upon themselves to utter these ridiculous words which even my young mind vividly hated.
For some reason, I interpreted this phrase as the most audacious load of pseudo-intellectual waffle ever imagined.
How stupid.. As if these idiots can say that this reality is unreal.
That line.. "existence is merely a dream" - is the perfect type of nihilistic amateur-philosophical wannabe-serene & profound rubbish that inspired such media as.. the Animatrix.
Now I must be steady in this delivery, as not to overwhelm the audience present.
The Animatrix is the greatest example of something created by a perfectly demoralized and desensitized group of minds. Something which should appeal to a generation who stomps upon instinctual emotion and the very energies of life - frivolous or sublime - that flow within the mind and body.
The Animatrix, the perfect piece of media that when consumed will deliver the 'fitting' result of having all sentience and inner disposition reduced to that of a desensitized mind that has just consumed a soporific tranquilizer.
Observe.. all the characters in the show, they purport this "don't-mess-with-me I'm cyber-punk" attitude.
But much worse is the flimsy - yet forcibly persuasive - narrative of humans 'murdering' & destroying robots, in a political setting that isn't applicable to a coherent incentive.
And the result? The audience who ingest this media, being of no previous violent or hateful disposition, undergo the transformative phenomenon of being injected with hatred, suddenly boiling within their tummy region and this feeling metabolizing through their system.
Like being slammed with a blunt hammer and weighed down by some oppressive feeling, that wasn't even an issue or a repressed urge carried by the individual to begin with.
The Animatrix, amongst other contemporary media in the past, sets the standard of libertine creativity, whereby no precept of self-protection, spiritual aspirations or planetary affinity can be gained.
There is little or nothing to gain..
Whether that gain be intellectual enrichment or personal development, whatever the case may be. It's just a pathetic narrative of A.I. becoming conscious, humans being violent and the distant eventuality of a post-apocalyptic setting!
The result? A bunch of apathetic young-folk, hammered with disillusionment. A piece of media that makes no increment towards any mental incentive, recreational byplay or daily life.
Nothing there.. just this non-specific feeling of murderous discomfort injected into the audience who resultantly have little means of discharging these ill feelings.
The very same can be said about such current shows as Game of Thrones..
and some of my mates had the nerve to say "You dig Diablo? You will dig this show!"
I can't believe Game of Thrones made it into Time Magazine!