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Well, at the end of the original (never bothered looking at the inferior sequel,) the lead character falls into his machine unable to re-emerge into reality. It seems to me that that is a metaphor for people who need an alternate reality too much. Constant consumerist consumption on a daily basis seems to be more of an addiction than a liberation. My original comment was just a plea for us all to recognize the lack of civil public discourse in our governance (might have gone off on a tagent there.) All these terms can be easily defined at Google.com. I am in favor of the internet as a means of increased public communication & agree the film "The Lawnmower Man" was a significant work of art.
Seems to me that movie didn't have a very happy conclusion, so I'm not sure how to interpret the tone of your post. If we all limit ourselves to socializing with those who agree with us outside (or inside) of the public sphere we're turning away from the founding tenet of civil public discourse that allowed us to reach an American common ground. Civil public discourse with those who disagree with us leads to guarantees for all of essential basic freedoms and the pursuit of happiness we all recognize as universally fundamental & self evident. Without civil PUBLIC discourse we appear to be on the road to some mutated form of a Fascist Oligarchal Governmental manipulation from those blinded by an overwhelming addiction to Greed & Power.
So the LME could have a disastrous result, especially if you're tying to the plot of the original movie.