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"We invite fiction to leak into our lives."

I've read a lot of comic books and "graphic novels" in my life. Until just over a year ago, I had a "pull list" at a Seattle comic shop and followed several on-going titles. I've never read Transmetropolitan, nor any other comic by Warren Ellis as far as I now remember, but I read his LiveJournal.

The 21st Century's first great cultural disappointment, the MATRIX films, are predicated on the concept that we've been fully inserted into a fictional landscape, and reality is that the world is a poisoned rock gripped by nuclear winter. One of the many things that sorry trilogy never properly addresses is that freeing the world from fiction into reality requires boosting people out of comfortable late 20th Century life into a hellhole and convincing them that real experience in a denuded landscape incapable of supporting basic agriculture is the preferred option. But that is a fictional framework around our own lives, dramatising the landscape we live in today -- telling us that seeing the world properly, in all its horror, is preferable to the managed and fictional version of reality our handlers would have us live in.

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