Law in the Virtual World

Atty. Gerard Nelson Manalo and Christian Andrew Labitoria Gallardo; Paladins of Law.


"Morpheus: The Matrix is everywhere. It is all around us. Even now, in this very room. You can see it when you look out your window, or when you turn on your television. You can feel it when you go to work, when you go to church, when you pay your taxes. It is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth.

Neo: What truth?

Morpheus: That you are a slave. Like everyone else, you were born into bondage, born into a prison that you cannot smell or taste or touch. A prison for your mind.”


Avid fans of sci-fi movies know this line too well from The Matrix. It revolutionized the genre itself, dealing with an alternate reality that has a very thin line to that of our "reality". Another equally essential sci-fi movie had the misfortune however of being released within the same period as The Matrix- The eXistenZ. It deals with the creation of a pod which connects directly to the nervous system through the spinal cord, thereby creating a virtual reality game which depends on one's memories, fears, traumas and inhibitions. We all know which among The Matrix and The EXistenZ became a huge hit.