How many social media horcruxes do you have?
My brother Alan aka @cogdog recently blogged “The Vague Line” wherein he problematized what he (myself, and others I’m sure) believe to be a false dichotomy between the “reality” of online and offline friendships.
Alan also succinctly took on the issue of his own on and offline identity. He wrote
… I am ready to drive a stake into the notions of “online” vs “offline” states of being; such differences don’t exist for me anymore- I am one Alan, not some frankenstein sewed together personality, and I float fluidly on the bits and atom states of the world.
The line is so vague, for me it is gone.
I agree fully with brother Alan. I have always felt this way. I am one GNA.
Sometimes I get a little pinch or even burnt for being audacious, critical, or just plain stupid. Most of the time my authenticity is rewarded with trust, loyalty, and respect. Best of all, I attract and maintain relationships with folks who are also striving for congruency within their life spaces and life ways, all the “bits and atom states” as Alan called them.
I like this because it reminds me of Sagan’s words, “We’re made of star–stuff. We are a way for the cosmos to know itself.” Sagan refers to us as the little parts and the whole all at once. Even though we are made of bits, our essence is integrated. I told you all that to ask you this:
How much have you dispersed yourself, your identity, maybe even your soul across social media?
How many social media horcruxes have you created?
I’ve wondered for a long minute and am just getting around to asking. Blogging is a justifiable distraction from dissertating, no? Strike that. Reverse it.