Saturday, February 13, 2010

Meaning in a dessicated media environment

I'm going to preface this by saying that I haven't had much interaction with mainstream media in years, actually more than just a few years, years and years almost, and so what I'm about to say may be out of date--or maybe nothing has changed whatsoever. Here's a quote from Jung from John P. Conger's book "Jung & Reich, The Body as Shadow":

"Whether he understands them or not, man must remain conscious of the world of the archetypes, because in it he is still a part of nature and is connected with his own roots. A view of the world or a social order that cuts him off from the primordial images of life not only is no culture at all but, in increasing degree, is a prison or a stable. If the primordial images remain conscious in some form or other, the energy that belongs to them can flow freely into man."(pg.124)

Many people have talked about the archetypes in various capacities and contexts, but for me, for my purpose, I see the archetypes as primordial bearers of meaning, the recurrence of which helps people make basic sense out of the world around them. We're talking about archetypal meaning in books, archetypal meaning in t.v. shows and movies, as well as serious content in news programs that goes beyond just the superficial. To my knowledge, the media of today fails on all of these fields except that of books, which, like music, are sort of their own thing. Instead of content that cuts to the heart of life there's lightweight generic content that doesn't really go much, doesn't really do anything except set a new record for how far not having anything to say can be pushed before it breaks. The vital circulation of meaning in society is dried up, creating the sort of prison that Jung talks about, necessitating almost a new movement that would restore meaning through challenging the media stasis.

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