Welcome to The Valley of the Real

By Darius Dunn                                                                                                                                                        Main Image Courtesy of Pixabay.com


If you’ve ever seen a black cat, and then another one just like it; don’t worry, you’re not alone. The glitches in the “Matrix” have become so numerous of late that no one can deny the fact: we are living in a hyperreality!

Breaking the bonds of ignorance is my story.

When I was ignorant of the social forces that distribute power to subjugate human bodies, I was privy to obey the “Suggestion”—that misinformed edict, offered by authorities as fact; although in hindsight, the conclusions of authority’s commands were repressive of both my liberty and autonomy.

It seemed, the less knowledge I possessed, the darker the road ahead. Fortunately, once enlightenment had occurred, I saw the harrowing, single path to liberty—a field of falling debris with only one correct route back to the clear path. Like that Furor king Bradley, the homunculus Wrath, I placed each step carefully from my plummet into darkness; using the descending rubble as a makeshift staircase, I strode each segmented scrap of debris, which fell in file toward an unknown abyss, ever upward toward that glimmering hope of empowerment through knowledge. (For those uninitiated, please forgive the Full Metal Alchemist reference, Furor King Bradley. Sorry, but I am an Anime Junky.)

Generalized discipline is the “political technology of the body,”1 which shapes human distribution and activity within urban centers. However, far from the shimmering skyline, within the dim quietness of an alley is where one truly sees the city.

There is a hyperreality in the town square.

Bustle and Balustrade
Image Courtesy of Pixabay.com

Near the central river, one sees a composed beauty, molded from the imagination of one group or man—maybe the prince of the city. There, people accept the aesthetic of the metanarrative, “The spirit of a nation,”2 because they lack education and insight. The populous sees only that aesthetic which is without, never glimpsing the underlying details plastered on placards and extant in the plinths and busts of those celebrated men of industry and political fame. To wit, the infrastructure of social forces that manipulate with “interstitial discipline and a meta-discipline”1 are little known to an incognizant populous, distracted by media drama and the stresses of living. They believe the metanarrative2 that each bridge, buttress, and balustrade tells, while striding the causeways of the city’s resplendent center.

What folks don’t see, however, is the rotting, crumbling cobble stones, the looming shadow of some ancient order, antiquated but extant, coursing outside the view of citizens.

Beware the looming darkness
Image Courtesy of Pixabay.com

They don’t see the roughhewn and irregular moorings of the ancient city, it’s corruptions, it’s conceits. Bound within the fetters of ignorance, they accept the hyperreality of the urban narrative; as, it has obliterated reality, replacing it, without leaving even a trace of reality’s specter.3

Don’t feel bad if you’ve been plunged into the emersion of the hyperreal. Empowering yourself, by understanding the cause and symptoms of social ills, breaks the control social forces1 hold over your freedom.

Per Jean Baudrillard in his philosophical treatise, Simulacra and Simulation, hyperreality not only obliterates reality and replaces it, but it is also self-referential.3 Now the hyperreal has become referenced itself so shamelessly that it’s illusion has reached a breaking point; hence, the glitches we see in the “Matrix.” It seems to point out the fact that, what we are currently experiencing holds no congruity with actuality. It’s done its job too well!

Take for example the epidemic of alternative facts, fake news, and yellow journalism. All three terms are rough synonyms for un-evidenced media publications that rely on pathos to motivate the public to support policy and regulations that represent a popular detriment, while only supporting the hegemony of plutocrats. Whereas hyperreality offers a surreal dissociation from reality that leaves one disappointed with his actual condition (once he’s crashed from the high of the hyperreal), this post-fact politico-media atmosphere fosters confusion in the populous mind. Of course, the apex of the confusion comes via a scatter-brained blatherskite who is a former “Reality” TV star that now holds the title POTUS and threatens to plunge the progress we’ve so carefully constructed into the fires of destruction.

Don’t succumb to media hype. Resist self-subjugating your minds. Political ideology is a deterrent to a freethinking; as it seamlessly and automatically forms your thoughts and opinions. Additionally, resist political “Discipline”1 which serves as a technology to subtly repress your liberty by subjugating your body into routines of regiment1. Reject the system of control because, if you haven’t noticed (just like those sleeping bodies in the machine’s holding pin), we are whiling away our lives in the Matrix. “So what’ll it be partner? Red pill or blue.”

“You take the red pill, you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes.”–Morpheus, The Matrix
Image Courtesy of Pixabay.com




  1. Michel Foucault, Discipline and Punish (1975)
  2. Jean-François Lyotard, The Postmodern Condition (1979)
  3. Jean Baudrillard, Simulacra and Simulation (1981)

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