Fake for Real: The Money Matrix

Van Mensvoort
November 18th 2007

Fake for Real: Money Matrix
It's fascinating how stock traders can get so excited about a few abstract numbers on an electronic display. These numbers represent real money, and every small fluctuation can mean the difference between being rich or poor.

What we usually don't realize is that money itself is already a virtual phenomenon: a representation of value constructed to replace the awkward, imprecise trading of physical goods. Indeed, paying $50 for a pair of sneakers is much easier than trading two chicken or a basket of apples for them. As long as we all believe in its value, money works fine. But once we start making money with money, the system feeds back on itself, and things start to get peculiar. Money is just a representation, but nevertheless it makes the world go round. What started as a symbolic representation has now become a kind of reality. It's almost Platonic; almost like in the movie The Matrix.

From our Fake for Real series.

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Hendrik-Jan
Posted 29/04/2010 – 00:48

@Isaac: sounds interesting. My must-read list is so long however. Would there be something in this book (that you have read, I presume) worth sharing with the readers of https://nextnature.net? Can we invite you for a guest contibution on the site?

Isaac
Posted 27/04/2010 – 07:23

SERIOUSLY...read the book.

Isaac
Posted 27/04/2010 – 07:22

Consider reading this book:
http://www.amazon.com/Signifying-Nothing-Semiotics-Brian-Rotman/dp/0804721297

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