The information on Neo’s screen originally appears to be a series of superimposed newspaper headlines. The multiplicity of surfaces (the newspaper front page/the monitor screen/the surface of the whole frame in the film) work as a code to develop cross-medium associations, and comment on the ‘borrowing’ from print media conventions and the evolution of computer formats from a history of representation. The newspaper surface viewed on a computer screen points to the persistence of metaphors in the design of web interfaces. The close up (below), by fully committing the frame to the computer screen, works to flatten the image and, in a way present the chronology of media platforms simultaneously. The visual texture of the man’s profile onscreen reveals a residual manifestation of the imperfections of the print medium. It develops a sense of nostalgia, and acts a signal in the mediums trajectory towards obsolescence.
A wider shot reveals more clearly their superposition. It suggests also different kinds of ‘windows‘ to frame the consumption of information. Even within the computer screen, the various news articles are superimposed to distinguish between the content. This direct reference to an interface also makes the audience of the film aware of their own positioning with respect to the image.