Tales from the matrix: student satisfaction as a form of governmentality

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The title of this chapter is derived from the sci-fi film The Matrix (1999). The story goes roughly like this. Morpheus and Trinity head up a group of cyber-rebels who have discovered that the world as their fellow mortals know it doesn’t exist. They hire Neo, a young computer nerd who seems to have great potential. So much so that Morpheus and Trinity see him as a potential saviour. They persuade him to lead a rebellion against the powers of oppression, to break out of the prison of humdrum existence. The Matrix is a virtual reality designed to enslave humanity. All it takes to be free of it is to swallow a little red pill. But the red pill doesn’t come with a Patient Information Leaflet. We have attempted to supply one below.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSocial Theory and the Politics of Higher Education
Subtitle of host publicationCritical Perspectives on Institutional Research
EditorsMark Murphy, Ciaran Burke, Cristina Costa, Rille Raaper
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherBloomsbury Academic
ISBN (Electronic)9781350141575, 9781350141568
ISBN (Print) 9781350141551
Publication statusPublished - 24 Dec 2020


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