Added to the sidebar from hell: DeepSouth an interesting journal from New Zealand. Found by one of those research googlings which lead to A Comparison between the Theories of Marshall McLuhan and two films by
David Cronenberg by Rowan Laing.
The substantial translation of human experience into media forms in Videodrome and eXistenZ results in life being lived more vicariously, as human experience is extended far beyond the body into mediated space. The television screen is the arena of performance in which the spectator assumes a contemplative role, and receives experience through representations. Gas’ game-world leads him to contemplate his own life as being a curiosity: “God the artist: the mechanic; funny!” In Videodrome and eXistenZ experience is fulfilled through interacting with media technology, creating the sense that simulation has become real, and reality has become contemplative.
Hey, at least it wasn’t one of those tiresome Matrix expostulations.