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Technology | Making sense of online life Day 1

Updated on February 9, 2014
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Technology's Twists and turns

Many people worldwide never expected for the global economy to suddenly collapse back in 2008, no one expected for technology to be partly the culprit behind a new world forming.

We are now part of a global economy that depends 100% on technology, and the times we are living also depends on social dynamics that are internet based. With that being the undeniable facts ever since Facebook took off into the NASDAQ stratosphere, along with Twitter, Instagram and all the others.

Our world has appeared to shrink in size in terms of the on the ground activities us humans once upon a time participated in such as brick and mortar businesses. People actually getting outdoors to enjoy every day life, and participating in events on the ground with family and friends. (We're all connected and networking more then anything today)

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Technology has its blind side

Many of the sad case situations for various humans in retched economic conditions have taken a huge shift. Many people are learning to adjust somehow to the online wars being fought each day. Anywhere from them becoming spammers, troll monster types (Aka: Online bullying) who aim to disrupt the harmony of any good clean online communications, to theft by means of being a content criminal who steals anything that hits these digital screens.

The online world has somehow duplicated and replicated the happenings that occur in real life, and literally appears to be taking over things on the ground and in every way. So what's to do in this scenario the internet gods have created for us all?

First off there has been a great deal of controversy floating around about the true purpose of social media. Is it here just to exploit us humans who have fallen victim to the social life online and flashy current trends to follow. Does this social dynamic of sorts pose a threat to the traditional ways of life, living on the ground, and is any of it truly worth anything to the common person who cares not for electronic gadgets whatsoever?

These are are legitimate questions to ask, because a great deal of online users haven't a clue what they're actually getting into before signing up to some networking website. Many folks simply get lost in the mix of things, never ever read the fine print, the terms of use or care to know what the consequences are for not paying close attention to what they actually are signing up for.

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Video Powers versus Text and Images

Many entrepreneurs seek to survive on the Internet today, a great many of them have tried everything and anything to help create a residual income that works. There's a great deal of believers and non-believers as well, who feel this online life is worth giving it a try or simply isn't. The more fortunate ones learn quickly that video on lets say Youtube, is by far the best way to make this transition to success truly happen.

Its just not good enough anymore to have a website, blog site, or social network of your very own today. There's been a shift in recent years towards the high demand in video viewership, due to technology making a massive shift in mobile capabilities. Now people have the video rendering capabilities in the palm of their hands, and so we all must think to ourselves about this thing. (Is there room for me? many folks need to both rationalize about, and eventually answer for themselves, and for countless others in dealing with these video powers today)

How does any video surpass the threshold of social acceptance? one might ask.

The answer to that question lies in the not so well known fact that, videos are also being marketed themselves by much larger and powerful corporations known as MCN's or in long terms Multi-Channel Networks. On Youtube these networks thrive in a major way, and due to the fact that they feed off of the human factors of Youtube Partners producing the content of higher and higher quality upon demand.

There's a great deal of social elements at play here as well, that makes this thing work wonders for all parties involved. One things for certain, many lucky individuals who have joined these networks due to being accepted into the conglomerate video powered corporations, have also been able to quit their day jobs. This occurrence is especially due to when thier ultra viral status on their channels becomes known worldwide, and close to celebrity status on a global scale was attained. (Now everyone wants a piece of their social influence, and video advertising powers at bay)

Just look at the Gangnam Style viral craze last year in 2012. It was one epic example of true online potential using video power, which happens to be an unlimited success potential indeed until the viral trends die out. There's tons more examples of this success happening on youtube for this point being driven home, but they will be addressed through this new series.

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Where do we all go from here?

Since the rise of online writing has also dawned on us all, and technology continues to change, re-shape the contours of our future. We marvel at the possibilities that are up and coming, we will always have a dependency on words no matter what, because its what makes us who we are a humans who enjoy communicating.

One place in particular that needs to be thanked in the procession of all of these internet and digital occurrences. Is the Hubpages writers network, and the awesome community that has grown from it over the years. We are now a online family of sorts and on a global scale and even if the long term success rate of such a network has been challenged greatly most recently in 2012-2013 (Suffering severely but still alive & strong after the mighty blows from the Google Pandemic & Penguin craze).

We put up a tremendous battle as writers to co-exist in a changing world as a whole and in the digital tapestry of things. Many of us must deal with real world situations, losing homes, potential homelessness, family losses of all sorts, family responsibilities, and celebration time off and on. Through this grueling process of playing catch up, many of us have been forced to learn to adapt and overcome.

Networking online has most definitely brought us opportunities, battles we have never expected to have to face, and the list goes on as to what we all must do to survive it all. In the end we are becoming a much well rounded group of individuals as a whole if anything, with technology as a new age instrument of sorts to reach the rest of the globe.

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Why progress is truly possible today online

This new age has most definitely changed the way we choose to make communications with our loved ones, and how we choose to function on a daily basis. We do know something about it all, it has led many astray from making true to life contact with others, that's for sure, but also helped us get more connected digitally to strangers we would never ever meet in person, and many we call our close friends today and have yet to see each other. (Weird reality but true)

So now the next step will be, for us to figure a way to balance out the equation a bit more on the social level. Maybe a app will come out, or is out already to do such a thing, and to help us organize and streamline our high tech communications tools we all have, and so the info we're poring out on a daily and nightly rate can be handled much better. (Hindsight is our new powers digitally, we all can work together more effectively if we focus on the same initiatives)

Education is Key!

Learning how to use the online world to work to your benefit surely takes recognition of your true intentions behind the screen. Also learning to master yourself on the ground, then applying such principles to your virtual self, whether it be you behind a video camera, or the lens of a high definition professional camera or maybe even a smart phone. (Smart phones will replace pro cameras someday)

Some fortunate people who went to school for graphic design, photography, web and IT technologies and the likes. They may all appear to have the upper hand on us average folks, whom haven't those sort of required skills to truly stand out online. That doesn't mean that you cannot get the proper training yourself, or cannot upgrade your skills on your own to play a bit of catch up. This is by far the true reality many people are facing today, as the technology seems to not care for slowing down any, and puts the pressure on full steam ahead, while steam rolling many unlucky folks whom aren't quite prepared to handle any of it, nor willing to put up the battle.


Putting yourself out here online helps, but you also need to use creativity to shine with a unique quality all of your own, as well as high powered equipment to help deliver the best message possible. Making sure we balance out our technological dependencies is paramount as well, because our real lives will depend on it as we pave the way to a much better future.

Socially we can continue to help each other grow, to become accepted, to learn, to share, to inspire others to do more of the same, but we must also keep in mind that there's limitations to everything as well, and the fact that we are only human and not robots.


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    • CloudExplorer profile imageAUTHOR

      Mike Pugh 

      5 years ago from New York City

      Thanks big bro, glad you liked the article.

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      Theodore Pugh 

      5 years ago from Wilkes Barre Pa

      Very informative Mike.

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      Mike Pugh 

      5 years ago from New York City

      That would be cool of him to do for you Brave ;)

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      5 years ago from Central Florida

      Thanx, Mike. Maybe Santa Claus will bring me one this year! :-)

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      Mike Pugh 

      5 years ago from New York City

      @always exploring, its so nice to see you too on Hubpages. I'm also glad to be back writing, it was a long break I had and I'm well rested, my eyes are like new born eyes now, and so I will be working hard at this thing once again.

      Thanks so much for spreading the love in my direction, I'll repay the favor soon for sure. Oh and yup education is #1 in my book and I don't know where I would be without it today.

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      Mike Pugh 

      5 years ago from New York City

      @Ericdierker, thanks bro for the kind words up there that was very kind of you to show my hub some love, and yup I love this writers community as well.

      As for corperate greed, it all in a days work I guess and yup they all about the green paper, always have and always will be. I don't favor anyone in my way of being, I simply enjoy the struggle that this life presents, even if much of it is due to our own doing today technology included.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Good to see you Mike..Many of us are leaving HP, I know you will do well wherever or whatever..The one point you mentioned is, " education " I so agree, without it you are lost in this tech. world. Thank you for your support......

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      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Loved the hub. Love hub pages. love technology. But I take a different approach I try to stay active in the complaining mode. I think just like governance corporations need active involvement from stakeholders and consumers. And they do not need cheerleaders -- money the reward not admiration.

      Other than making it a full time job my focus now is on what HP really wants from us which they seem hesitant to share.

      On technology. I make a living off of it. And have been working with it steadily since about 1997 including ICANN for several years. It also is worth our effort.

      Great Hub and I look forward to following the series.

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      Mike Pugh 

      5 years ago from New York City

      Yup, its not easy to do the online balancing act @janshares. Thanks so much for jumping on in on the start of my new series, and for dropping a cool comment. It feels good to be back, and I'll be playing a great deal of catch up. I'm glad you found my hub here to be relevant.

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      Mike Pugh 

      5 years ago from New York City

      @bravewarrior, Yeah just following the school schedule, and I guess its back to Hubpages as a student of the web for writers :)

      I'll do my best to make this series as relevant as possible, thanks for giving my hub here some love. Good luck on the video side of things, I use a Toshiba Camileo x400 HD camcorder to make my videos, I hope that helps a bit.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 

      5 years ago from Washington, DC

      Mike! Welcome back, glad to see your latest offering. I was just thinking about this subject recently, of being consumed by and a slave to the online life. I don't know how people do it. I can barely keep up with writing on HP let alone joining other content sites like a lot of hubbers are doing now. Thank you for tackling this important subject. This is a lot of work, voted up and useful.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      5 years ago from Central Florida

      Mike, welcome back! How nice to be able to take an entire summer off - I'm green with envy!

      Like Bill, I love the HP community and it's where I came to get my feet wet again and to learn how to use today's technology in my writing. I have since set up my own website in hopes of drumming up some freelance business. I've also incorporated a blog in my site. I've not yet ventured into the world of video posting because I don't have a video camera. Baby steps....

      I look forward to hearing what you have to offer in your new series.

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      Mike Pugh 

      5 years ago from New York City

      Thanks Bill, for being the first to test drive my new hub series here about Online Life. I know its the most relevant subject to everyone globally if anything, because we all depend on the internet today no matter what.

      I hope more folks grow to understand much of what I'm trying to put out here, there must be a way for humanity to see the light, that we all need balance for a better future to be paved.

      Oh and yes indeed I'm here on Hubpages for the community much more then anything else as you very well know, and as my good friend I know you are as well.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Good morning Mike and welcome back from your summer vacation!

      You know, buddy, there has been a great deal of grumbling about HP this summer, but none of it has come from me. If it weren't for HP I would never have met some very incredible people, like you and others. I'll make my money somewhere else. HP is where I go for some online love and support, and there is no price tag for that gift.

      Great points made here buddy. Thanks and have a terrific day.



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