Social Media, Networking, the Jungian Shadow

Saw my friend the other day and I asked, “Wanna make you a dream come true via the grassroots, Internet campaign methodology?” and he said, rather unblinkingly:


 And then I thought word… Word! I too ‘word’ that sentiment. Many of us word it. Few of us succeed it. It’s right here! Connection to everything and everyone. You ask for miracles; I give you THE INTERNET. Yet how limiting is this device. Human beings are wired to connect to other human beings in time and space and alcohol. Maybe not that last one – Ah-haah!

Just finished a pepperoni pizza. That’s right, the whole damn thing. Cast ye judgments aside, vegetarians. The plants you eat cry and scream and gnash their… roots? Life isn’t fair and that’s the first basis for successful Internet domination.

 Nobody wants to embrace the Dark Side of social media, the Darth Vader side of social media that gasps and wheezes in mechanical overtones of “search your feelings, you know it to be true. I… am… your… Father!” I tire of this belief that things in this world are “nice” and “fair.” Can I tell you something man/woman? Last semester, yours truly was a substitute teacher. And there were certain times when said substitute teacher was reprimanded. I repeat, reprimanded for being too aggressive, too tough on these kids. See you not a battlefield in this public education system, seasoned professional teachers?

I repeat, life is not nice. The belief of the Ghosts of Nicety:  yes, Past, Present and Future is gonna get us in a hell of a pickle. This is part of the Jungian Shadow. The part we don’t look at or want to embrace or understand. This is what is standing between a dreamer and the fulfillment of the dreamer’s dreams. 

About davidwallacefleming

David Wallace Fleming is a U.S. writer, living in Austin, Texas. He is the author of the coming-of-age, social media novel GROWING UP WIRED, and the satirical science fiction audiobook, NOT FROM CONCENTRATE.
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12 Responses to Social Media, Networking, the Jungian Shadow

  1. Well, we’re basically using inanimate things (computers, cables, electricity, radio waves) to connect to each other in the hopes of… well, the hopes are legion. Mine consist of wanting to promote writing and self-publishing, as well as establish a tiny glassed-in space where people can come and look at the crazy man while he tries to make sense of an endarkened (literally) universe.

  2. chuu2venge says:

    I actually find that people are too cynical…casting aside “nice” but unrealistic beliefs is one thing. Even if there is more bad than good in the world realistically what is the good in allowing it to stop you from being productive?

    Anyway, great post. Outlandish, strange, and have you read Naked Lunch yet?

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