RIFFING WITH ANDERSON COOPER ON THE MATRIX | 2003

Yeah, it's the "accomplishment" that most impresses the students (and my mom). Here's the link.

THE MEANING: THE POWER OF SPECTACLE AND HYPERREALITY

And, this interview illustrates the power of media. I can talk with students all semester about the impact of media technology on human consciousness and there is never any applause from the class. On the last day of each semester, I surprise the students with a six-minute video of a CNN interview with "some professor" about The Matrix and media technology ... and the entire class never fails to spontaneously erupt into cheering applause at the end of the interview.

There is nothing in the interview I have not said in class a thousand times; the students only cheered and applauded because I said it on CNN with Anderson Cooper. That's the power of TV, celebrity, spectacle (Debord), and hyperreality (Baudrillard).

WHAT I WOULD CHANGE

I was too nice. I wish I had just said:  "Anderson, you and CNN are the Matrix!"