Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Page 111: Laurence Fishburne just slipped me the red mickey

It seems hardly necessary to explain The Matrix to anyone reading this blog, but the movie did celebrate its sweet sixteen this year, and a few people have been born since 1999. In the film, Laurence Fishburne plays Morpheus, a mysterious character who offers the hacker Neo (Keanu Reeves) a choice in the form of two pills: blue and everything goes back to the way it was before they met, or red and how he sees the world will never be the same.

The scene has become so ensconced in the meta-language of pop culture that it has launched a thousand “What if I told you” memes beginning in 2012.

A Billionth Monkey-themed example of the Morpheus Meme.
(This one points out that various fictional people, places, and things in TBM also exist on the Web.)
Here is the original scene:


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  2. And a lot of remixes. (Can't use embed code in comments, so here's a link...)

    1. Thanks! It's like "Pure Energy." ;) No doubt their have also been countless spoofs and other homages as well.


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