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Grammy Night Reflections on Projection

From tweets the night of February 13, 2011.

In Jungian terms, technological determinism is projection: giving power to machines that really belongs to ourselves.

Projection is necessary & valuable – it’s what Robert Johnson calls “carrying your gold” when you’re not ready yet to carry it yourself.

But maturity & wisdom comes when we withdraw projections. See people & things for who & what they are in themselves.

Withdrawing projections means realizing the power was within you all along. Your anima pop godess. Your puer rock star. Your Buddha-nature.

In Electric Dreams I call this “the dialectic of technological determinism.” We project onto technology our utopian visions of the future.


Electric Dreams Introduction on TedFriedman.com

Ted’s Top Tracks of 2010

  1. Cee Lo Green, “Fuck You”
  2. Katy Perry, “Teenage Dream
  3. Califone, “Funeral Singers”
  4. Kanye West, “Runaway”
  5. Lady Gag & Beyonce, “Telephone”
  6. Broken Bells, “The High Road”
  7. Dierks Bentley with the Punch Brothers Featuring Del McCoury, “Pride (in the Name of Love)”
  8. LCD Soundsystem, “All I Want”
  9. Twilight Singers, “Live With Me”
  10. Mary J. Blige, “Whole Lotta Love
  11. Glee Cast, “Teenage Dream”
  12. Katy Perry, “California Girls”
  13. Kanye West, “Power”
  14. Phosphorescent, “It’s Hard to Be Humble (When You’re From Alabama)”
  15. Citay, “Careful With That Hat”
  16. Massive Attack, “Pray for Rain”
  17. Brad Meldhau with Joshua Redman, “Don’t Be Sad”
  18. Groove Armada, “Just for Tonight”
  19. Susan Boyle, “Pefect Day”
  20. B.o.B featuring Bruno Mars, “Nothin’ On You”
  21. Ke$ha, “Take It Off”
  22. Gwyneth Paltrow & Glee Cast, “Forget You”
  23. Jesse McReynolds, “Ripple”

Up next: Top TV of 2010