You didn’t even mention how efficient and effective these systems are at making individuals complicit in them as well. When was the last time anyone has thoroughly reviewed an EULA for a piece of software and thought, “Maybe I shouldn’t agree with this”?
I think it’s fair time we all acknowledge that not only has the Matrix already been built, but that we’re all already plugged into it. It’ll probably be quite a while until Neo comes along to save us.
The real question is, when he does decide to show up, will we be willing to be unplugged?