LOST in a Virtual World

I know the title of this hub IS a bit "shocking!" Listen, the last thing I want to do is put everyone reading this on a "downer" so please be patient as I explore the "humor" in "Virtual Life and Death" on the internet. You see most of my life is now spent on-line in some form or capacity for business and pleasure. Even recording music has become more and more "virtual" and frankly I'm starting to wonder what people will be left with after I leave this earth? Let's face it, it will never just be a few photos in a box or an old diary that I forgot to destroy.

Now I know that I am not old enough to die, but hear me out because this has crossed my mind quite a few times in the past. So, I'm in my forties and love to write and network on line. Sometimes I just like to share the "love" or photo's or get in touch with an old friend or go back in forth with my buds from highschool. I still imagine them like they were "way back when" and I do miss many of them. You see... I wonder sometimes if I will one day go on one of my network sites and see a "friend" who may have passed? How would I feel? Would it be even worse then actually seeing them in person because they have become part of my internet rituals? Would the offspring of this "Virtual Death" let everyone know that Fred is gone? How will I know? Will his profile just linger there forever and I will never get a reply? What about all of the different accounts people have set up and the many passwords to amazon and google? What about the money that they are earning through different web entities or have worked their whole life for on the web!!!!!? ha

Ok, you are probably shaking your head and wondering what the hell I'm up to, but you must realize that the internet has taken over and eventually all of this information will remain there FOREVER if you are not "alive" to remove it!! I mean I can't even take my professional name off of porn links because a lot of these sites link to every name they can find so I give up! To make sure that is was not just ME.... I even entered "Gweneth Paltrow porn" in google and she showed up with links to the same porn sites too! The shock of it all! I call it Cyber Paparazzi! They must be destroyed!

I remember the one time I shot photo's of a girl who modeled in Penthouse for a magazine that David Bowie was involved with. It was sort of a Rock n Roll magazine with plenty of "shock value!" The pics were sexy and in good taste. I would never shoot anything that was not. I made sure she wore tight black shiny clothes, but every body part remained inside. Believe me she tried to take off her clothes many times and I asked her not to. She had just done a 10 page Penthouse spread and she was proud of her "treasures" I guess. The point is that one day I was going to my kids school and someone had "googled" me because they recognized me. Most people do not check more then the first page of google where they will find all of my music and television credits, but this woman was curious and eventually she found the magazine feature with the porn chick in it. My name was on it as a photo credit so google must have "liked that" enough for it to come up on my name search! This other parent was not so "happy." The point is that everything will eventually end up in the virtual world nomatter what because someone in the world will want to link to it! I was lucky that some of my appearances in magazines was over twenty years ago because for some reason they never made it to the web! Especially the "trash mags" that I was in.

Let's put it this way, at one point of my life I made Paris Hilton look like a housewife. So, this is my main worry. As the web grows and we join more and more of these network sites and make new e-mail addresses and passwords, what happens when we leave this earth?

What if I'm writing on hubpages for another forty years and then I finally "take a cab" as my father used to say? I mean I can't even remember what I have done to this will I remember more when I can't make it to the bathroom on my own?

I say we create a "virtual" place in the future for our children and friends or "virtual loved ones."

I would like to make sure certain hubs go to certain people or some of my songs that have been recorded twenty years ago and then placed on different websites by people I don't know. We need "Virtual Lawyers" to track down these "Virtual assets" and make sure that all of this creativity is not lost forever!

Ok! I sound a bit paranoid (which I am), but think about it! Look at all of this creativity just pouring out of all of our real, passionate and feeling souls. All of it has become part of the machine! We will never be able to leave any of this in a personal way to our children. So, to ease my anxiety I decided that I will print all of my work and publish it into an old book or logs so my children will never have to search the internet to find a little piece of "me." Ofcourse I will have to get to this after I finish my album and everything else I am doing! This is the other point. I may never get to it! Life just keeps getting busier! I'm even late to the studio now! ha

So after I create the logs or leather bound books, I will write a personal note and I will ask them in my best handwriting to just go to the first page on "google." But hell, they never even listen to me NOW when I tell them NOT to do something!

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msorensson 6 years ago

I love it. Thank you.

It is my dream to someday live somewhere where I can just watch the sun and the sea and go to the garden and write, write, write.

We all have public and private personas. One fine day, there will be no more public persona for me.

TattoGuy 6 years ago

That has actually happened to me just 2 years ago, a girl I knew from another writing site who used to always leave me funny messages.

Back then I also had my own forum and one day on the forum her sister left a message on the forum that my friend, her sister had died of an overdose aged only 28. Although I never met the girl I got the address of the funeral from her sister and sent a wreath. A virtual friend, but sadly still missed, great hub !

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GPAGE 6 years ago from California Author

msorensson....nice to see you here! Make sure you keep track of your writing! ;

Sounds like a beautiful idea......writing in a beautiful place....sounds divine....GPAGE

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GPAGE 6 years ago from California Author

TattoGuy! Wow....See? These virtual relationships DO matter. I always enjoy seeing you here and a few other hubbers that I have connected with. I would say that all of you have a special connection in your own way....through your writing, comments and personality that SPRINGS from the virtual were lucky that you could get in touch with her family and get some closure from it.

you may have never known......Best, G

TattoGuy 6 years ago

I know you deff do form a bond with certain people, the other thing with writing online is if we do kick the bucket we live forever in our writing that remains, anyways I enjoy passing by here ; )

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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

some of my best friends are virtual! enjoyed the read!

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ateenyi 6 years ago from Chicago

Great Hub!!!!!!!

The hub is very informative. It provides immense joy and pleasure while going through this hub. The clarity and balance shine from this hub. The hub can be regarded as most intriguing. Thanks for sharing so wonderful text.

Keep on Hubbing

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cheaptrick 6 years ago from the bridge of sighs

Hi G,I Googled my self after I read your Hub.WOW!there are a lot of guys with my name out there!All of them had really sh*ty stuff written about them.Mine of course was "Saintly"lol.I wonder how many people are condemned by others because of that confusion.Google holds Immense power and is accountable to No One,thats kind of scary don't you think?

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Russell-D 6 years ago from Southern Ca.

G- a problem to consider. Will those who follow care about what is important to you? Yes, when young they sit and listen to your every word by the hour. By their teens you're competing with friends, school, romance, real literature, sports, computer games, instrument practice, clothes & fashion, all the same stuff you went thru. How much time did you have for the old folks at home? After the teens, it really goes downhill. David Russell

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GPAGE 6 years ago from California Author

TattoGuy......thanks for the "positive" on lingering in this virtual world after our passing.......that is a nice way of looking at it.....G

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GPAGE 6 years ago from California Author

habee.....always nice to see you here! It seems that my virtual friendships are growing worldwide! What an interesting world we live in! G

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GPAGE 6 years ago from California Author


Thank you so much for your visit and your comment!!! It is because of comments like yours that I continue to write hubs! All the best, GPAGE

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GPAGE 6 years ago from California Author always make me giggle! google and search engines are scary! Even if they are not about you! BUT "someone" in this great, big world connects you to an awful link! I hate the fact that people can do "anything" to get attention or "traffic" on google by using others names. Really annoying! I could go on and on........G

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GPAGE 6 years ago from California Author

David! I guess it was very different in my house because my younger sister and I were really involved with my father til he passed at 92. Even as teenagers with boyfriends and very busy social lives (he was in his 70's).......I DO value everything my father left behind.....the silly things mean the most. The point is that I would like my kids to know what I'm doing on the web incase they wanted to access it or remove anything eventually when I'm old friend of mines fiance died young and his family can't access any of his on-line accounts........I just feel that the family should have a right to control what is up there on the web.......also copyright the old days people would mail in copies of their work to protect it.....NOW once stuff is on the web it is hard to track. ANYWAY.....I can go on and on........Best, G

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sunforged 6 years ago from

A very interesting problem, Im actually really interested in how this will pan out. Facebook has already created a feature that turns a deceased profile to a memorial page and stores it perpetually.

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GPAGE 6 years ago from California Author

sunforged....I just recently heard about this on FB.....quite a few of my friends have experienced this with someone close to them. I do not know how I feel about it all? Not sure I would want my FB profile to become a "memorial page?" Best, G

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viryabo 6 years ago

I have been quite interested in this topic. Yes, what happens to all our works, writings, earnings, etc. scatterred all over the wwww?

I also wondered, earnings may continue to build up, probably without end for some lucky ones. What happens to all that?

We have so many sites we've joined, so many passwords, a number of email addresses. Gosh, the list may go on.

Probably leave a will online (lol!), but how do we achieve that?

This is a great hub, as usual, G.


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Kaie Arwen 6 years ago

GPAGE- Wow............... I've never thought about any of this! Maybe the usernames and passwords need to make their way into the safety deposit box along side the house title and the life insurance policies. then again, maybe we should let it all just continue to linger in the world of cyberspace, and maybe we should make sure that there's just enough controversy in our virtual lives that it sparks a smile in our children that can then be passed on to our grandchildren.

I don't know........... my grandmother kept a journal every day of her life. I vividly remember her sitting in front of the fireplace, rarely missing a day, and always keeping that scheduled moment that allowed her to reflect on the world, her children, her life, my grandfather, and all the rest. A few years before she passed away I asked her if I could read them............ she said no, that they'd been destroyed by the very same fire that regularly brightened what was always my favorite room in her home. I was devastated, and I asked her why she would choose to burn something that had given her so many moments of relaxation. She said that when she was gone she didn't want anyone to be able to look back and read about how she felt about them at various times in their lives.......... she didn't want anyone to be hurt by something she'd written. Was she wrong? I don't whether she was or not, but knowing that I probably provoked a few of those thoughts........ maybe I should be happy they're gone!

So there is the question............... would I want to google grandma's journals? Have them sitting there for anyone to read? HELL NO!

Guess I won't have to think about that question again will I?

Thank you for a great hub, and thank you for making me think today. Heck, let's just make that a part of my virtual life............. THERE ARE DAYS I DON"T WANT TO THINK, but I always end up thinking anyway! Well, at least a bit.

Thanks again,


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GPAGE 6 years ago from California Author


thanx for the reflection and your comment ; I checked for a place for "virtual death" and there are sites that help you with this, but who can we trust?

I think I'm going to keep a list with all of my other things (will, trust) of all of my passwords and accounts for earnings so that one day my children can track things down. If anything it will give me a peace of mind! ; Best, G

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GPAGE 6 years ago from California Author

kaie....I so appreciate your comment and thoughts. It is a bit of a confusing subject because a lot of people do not know what will actually happen? I'm not sure about my social site profiles turning into memoriums.....I have heard of this on facebook because family members did not have passwords of the deceased. Meaning they own your profile forever......this whole thing causes me a lot of anxiety.......we shall see how everything pans out in the future......maybe the sites that we are active on will actually offer solutions........this is what I'm hoping secondary e-mail addresses with family contacts.....ANYWAY, I could write a book about this one! Best, G

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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

Vedy interesting. I suppose a record of everything has long been deposited into the noosphere. Now it is more accessible to us on the internet. But I think the Akashic Records have always been there waiting for us.

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GPAGE 6 years ago from California Author

JAMES! Always a delight to see you here! You have just inspired me to look into the Akashic records and research further.......I just finished my first novel and sent it out on Friday for the first time! Starting the second in the series.......want to be inspired!!!!!! We shall see what happens in this "virtual world."


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

Congratulations! That is quite an accomplishment. I am proud to know you . . . virtually.

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HappyHer 6 years ago from Cleveland, OH

I am ALL over the internet, so this hub really struck home for me. I believe my husband and kids have most of the logins and passwords, especially for the most important stuff, but it might be good to have a list on hand. Oh, and a hard copy of all works so your kids aren't googling you and finding anything uncomfortable.

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GPAGE 6 years ago from California Author

HappyHer! Thanks for stopping in and leaving your comment. I just happened to check in to HP. I just wrote another hub called "Virtual Vacation" which explains why I can only check in once a week for the next month or so........Best, G

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The Donkey 6 years ago from Little Rock, Arkansas

Very informative. Keep doing what you're doing.

You should also follow me and read some of my hubs. I'm sure you'd enjoy some of them.

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GPAGE 6 years ago from California Author

The Donkey! Nice having you here. Thank you for your lovely comment.

I will check out your hubs. Best, GPAGE

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