Nakamura has many arguments in regards to The Matrix trilogy in her book Digitizing Race, the argument that I chose to focus on starts on page 98. Nakamura uses many examples from the movie The Matrix: Reloaded to show us what she means. She explains that the agents are white and can make a copy of themselves (this usually happens in fight scenes). In addition to recreating themselves, the white’s are creating copies that are replicas in their entirety. Each time they are copied they are exactly the same, and with out ruining the original. Meaning there is no loss of information when the copy is made.
To summarize (from page 98): Nakamura says white is an entity in itself and that it recreates and explodes at a quick rate and reaches many. She says that white is related to human but this idea is juxtaposed in the same passage when she quotes Richard Dyer who says white is the same as nothingness, no life, and “the absence of being”.
The movie Star Wars supports Nakamura’s argument with white Storm Troopers. They are many in numbers and while they look human they are really “the absence of being”. The Storm Troopers (white) are fully controlled by Darth Vader (black). This is man in control of the machine. Black in control of white.
In class we discussed that black represents organic, and that white represents technology.
In Star Wars the Storm Troopers are white and technology. Darth Vader is black and organic.
In The Matrix: Reloaded the agents are white and technology. Morpheus is black and organic.
The Storm Troopers are human-like but are not human and. Darth Vader could be looked at as non-human, but he is a father, which points back to organic.
In the example of Darth Vader and the Storm Troopers; they are cloaked in the color, and at he same time they are representing the color they wear.
Nakamura, Lisa. Digitizing Race: Visual Cultures of the Internet. University of Minnesota Press, 2008.