“The Mode of Simulation.”
Hear ye, hear ye! From your personal (or virtual) town crier, this tortured messiah, one composer: ‘Profit’ amounts adequately to the appearance of extractions, from a new quarry inside a new factory, one in which we yet did not realize divides our time over our labour, social media etcetera, from the activities and relationships of data mining for resale as advertising. Our ‘lives’ have become an auction by which advertising will be sold to the highest bidder. We know about the social engineering that our governments have used, how they have manipulated public opinion and how this is used to justify further intervention in our lives, with this ‘data’, to further impose an oligarchy on us, this social media, by which we are made to live; yet we do not know, even when it is on our phone, where to draw the line, what to keep and what to throw away. ‘Profit’ as a new technology, an application to which we can be exposed, is an opportunity to know what we may expect from our interactions with the world: when the technology makes us aware, so that we choose to be in the world, how our lives will be lived, and the lives of the young generation. In our new lives, our digital lives, we may see how our new technologies are used, as a substitute for our real identities: so that instead of the world we have always known, we live in a world of digital data, a world in which ‘profits’ will be divided among the new owners of ‘profits’; where our lives will be divided into four seasons of real people versus virtual, of real people and their virtual identities, of reality and simulation, of reality and reality, and of reality and illusion. We may see the world as a network, and may see the network as a machine, to which our lives, bodies and digital lives can be exposed.
We may also see the reality of the digital data as an image, and with this image, the world as a network, and with this network, our lives as images, and as virtual realities. The ‘data’ we are exposed to may be the data of the world of the future.
The future we see, in relation to the real world of the present, is a world of endless information and infinite virtual realities. We see this future, with our new world that is our digital world and all the new virtual realities that may emerge from this web of information.
The digital reality we may live in is virtual, and we live as virtual reality’s new owners, the virtual owners of the new reality that is the new world of the future.
In this world, we may see it as a network, and we may see the network as an image, and with this image, the world as a network, and with this network, our lives as images, and as virtual realities.
The network in this world of the future is not necessarily a network in the present, nor is it necessarily a network in the future. The network in the new world of the future is an image, and with this image, the network is a network of images, and with this network, our lives are images of the network, and with this network, we live as images of the network.
All of this is not the new reality of the future. It is the new reality in the future, whether it is the reality we imagine as real, or as virtual reality, and we live as virtual reality’s new owners, and as virtual reality’s new owners of the new reality of the future.
What we have been living in is not the new reality of the future, it is the new reality in the future.
In the virtual reality of the future, we are not living in a network, we are living in images, and as images, we are living in virtual reality.
This is the new reality of the future, whether it is the reality we imagine as real, or as virtual reality, and we live as virtual reality’s new owners, and as virtual reality’s new owners of the new reality of the future.
According to the Marxist interpretation, the means of production has become the mode of simulation. In the same way that the production process has transformed into the reproduction process (insofar as reproduction is a relation between individuals over time, a relation of individuals to each other, and for some of those individuals to those individuals), the simulation process has transformed into an impersonation of the world and of the self in the self. Now the impersonation of the self is the result of the simulation of the world and the self; in other words, the simulation of the self is the simulation of the world and the self. This is not a transformation of the world or a modification of the self. It is an externalisation of the simulation of the self.
However, in this situation where the reproduction process turns into the reproduction of the self, it is unclear whether the world has transformed into the self, or whether the simulation of the self has been internalised, internalised into the simulation of the world, or whether the world has only become an object of the simulation of the self. What seems obvious is that this form of internalisation of the self, of the world.
And, what has the world become but a simulation of many selves? It’s what the Matrix was meant to be, one of many selves. And I’m telling you, people don’t get it because they don’t see. They’re thinking, “There’s only one. So how do I survive?” And they don’t see. They don’t see. They’re thinking about getting to that other side, getting out of that other reality. They’re thinking about getting out of this reality and they’re not realizing they can’t get out of this reality.
And, people are still looking for answers, even though they know it’s not there. Even though they know it’s just one other reality. And people are still looking for an answer that’s not there. Even though the Matrix was the answer to the question of life. The Matrix was the answer to the question of what exists in this universe. This was the answer to the question of what’s real. This was the answer to the question of what’s virtual.
Virtual [becoming] actual.