Social Media and the Reynolds Number

Oh am I really going to write this nerdy post? Okay, here goes… What we have nowadays is a new kind of gold-rush. Several score and several more years ago there was a gold-rush for the gold in California. There was gold in them thar hills! Well, I heard there was. I wasn’t there personally. 

Nowadays, peeps seem to be more concerned with Maslow’s style of gold. I’m talking about the gold waiting to be mined on the inside of you! I’m talking about some self-actualization. Everybody wants to self-actualize nowadays. Am I lying? Am I pulling anybodies metaphorical, cyber-legs? Nope (with a capital ‘N’).

But the problem is how to do that. Now we got a solution around here somewhere, where, where did I put that solution. OH YEAH… the Internet. Silly me. And not just any ‘ole version of the Internet. We’re talkin’ ’bout some serious Internet x.0 stuff here. We’re talkin’ about Social Media. Boo-yeah!

It strikes me that Internet Success via Social Media is a lot like that dorky little fluid mechanics factor us engineers like to call The Reynolds Number. The Reynolds Number is basically a factor that we use to tell us when a fluid, such as a gas, starts mixing like crazy. This crazy mixing allows heat to transfer more efficiently and this helps engineers to get more of the heat where they want it to go and with greater ease and speed. 

And who doesn’t want to be hot? And to make that heat go where one wants? I’m pretty sure everyone does. I just asked the guy sitting next to me and he looked at me like I was the crazy one. What a jerkface. 

I like to think of the Reynolds Number as Energy versus Inhibition. And isn’t that really what this all comes down to? How much Energy do you have for your passions versus how much Inhibition [both internal (mental) and external (social)] are you facing?

Unfortunately, people don’t like to talk much about these inhibitions. They don’t want to deal with the fears and restrictions that hold them back. Fears? What are you talking about fears? It’s just the Internet, Dave!

Come here, let me tell you something, okay? Nobody passed that information on to the billion-year-old wiring in your brain. It’s still thinks its on the Savannah, hiding from tigers and clubbing antelopes.

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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One Response to Social Media and the Reynolds Number

  1. Mason says:

    Well written and well thought out!!

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