A little "lighter" ha
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 point...how 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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