Ironically enough, there is no need in this virtuality element to turn us into a Matrix. Think of our society - we are constantly fed propaganda and stereotypes, we are told what kind of things are natural and how they should be, what is moral and immoral, what looks cool and what doesn't, we're even taught that everything tastes like chicken ;).
Why is all of this being done? To channel our energy in the "right" direction, to make us into mindless zombies who think that they are leading perfectly normal lives.
Whilst this certainly is no virtual illusion and no machines directly tap into us for our energy, the concept seems to be nearly identical.
Up for debate/thought: Is a society without brainwashing and utilization of its members' energy possible, or does this go against the innate definition of the term?