|Yo BaBay What’s Up? Miles in the House!
I bet you guys thought you was rid of me for a minute. Well remember I’m still out here trying to find a j-o-b so I got a lot of time on my hands. Besides I saw Ten’s remark about me being “1 foot- none” and it ain’t funny. I ain’t said nothing about him being old enough to remember listening to Buck Rogers and the Lone Ranger on one of them big ass floor model Motorola radios. You know the ones, the one’s that had them big old filament tubes inside and looked like a mini pipe organ!Well anyway, I’ve been trying to get some Christmas shopping done but I gotta admit it’s getting a little crazy out there. You can’t go to the Mall, to church or be standing at the bus stop without somebody rollin’ up on ya. I mean I ain’t no punk or nuthin, I’m just saying …..
Speaking of punks, he’s my boy and all but a sprung finger woulda never had Dr. J or Mike on the bench.
Anyway, I was checking out this book, “More Matrix and Philosophy – Revolutions and Reloaded Decoded.” edited by William Irwin, and in the book they were talking about popular culture and philosophy and how movies like The Matrix trilogy relate to today. They also talk about the recent wave of homicides that might have been inspired by movies like The Matrix or at least how the culprits used the movie as an excuse for what they did.
What the book said was since 1999, when the first Matrix flick was released, “a lot of criminal defendants have offered a novel plea: not guilty by reason of The Matrix. ” They claimed that at the time they committed their crime they were so sprung on The Matrix that they were “legally insane or not fully responsible for what they did.”
Those Columbine dudes, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, who killed up all them folks only weeks after The Matrix hit the theaters’ These two were big fans of the flicks and would dress up in long black trench coats like Neo wore.
But hold up!… it seems to me that there just might be a connection. As Merovingian would say, “Causality. Action. Reaction. Cause and effect.” It’s what those philosopher types call “but-for” causality. It’s a little deep for me but let me try to explain it. It’s like – but for the sun’s energy, there would be no life on the planet. Or, but for 9/11 George “W” would have not bum rushed Iraq. But for the movie The Matrix, maybe some of these dudes might not have had the gonads to kill up all these folks.
I ain’t saying that what these whack jobs did can be justified by a movie. That’s like me sayin’ because I’m a little “vertically challenged” (1 foot – none my @##!) – it’s okay if I go around shootin’ folk in the knee caps! Or because I lost my gig to a couple a fat, greasy, sweaty, loin cloth wearin’ , butt smellin’ sumo wrestlers I could….. My bad I’m gettin’ all worked up again.
But it does raise an interesting question. The writers said that movies like The Matrix “can have an exceptionally powerful effect on people’s lives, some of whom unfortunately, are not very stable.” Again, the question at the barbershop is do folks who make these kinds of shoot em’ up movies bear some moral responsibility for stuff a crazy person might do? And if so, to what extent are they responsible?