Living in a Digital Circle

Everyone has the right to experience the natural wonders of the world. Although not everybody has the necessary tools or opportunities to do so, they still have the right.

We, as humans have the ability to grant that right to anybody and we do. Through the eyes of social media, we can bring the amazing waterfalls of Foz do Iguaçu to a young Bangladeshi girl that may never get to witness it in person… But why doesn’t everybody also have the right to classified government documents or to be in the board room discussing the next player that the New England Patriots want to sign?

Don’t we all have the right to be a part of what the world produces… We are part of this world and what we produce is a sub element of Earth… Is it not?

Non-verbal communication has taken over

We do not need to communicate verbally anymore. We are living in an age of technology innovations where the need to interact with someone with speech has disappeared. With messaging based apps on the rise and the comfort of expressing your mind over a screen rather than face to face takes over, verbal communication will continue to dwindle.

The future will host a world of virtual reality and augmented reality taking non-verbal communication that much further.

Do you give yourself a social media ranking?

Many young people tend to portray their lifestyle on social media differently to how their life really is.

There is a trend where we are seeing ourselves living life in which we aim to raise our social media ‘ranking’ and searching approval from our digital companions through our activity on social media.

We are now glittering our lives with filters and rose tinted lenses while at the same time making our peers feel bad about their own lives. And we are aware of what we are doing!

“Social Media is like cocaine – It can give us an immense high but it can also make us and others around us crash!” – Dominic McGregor, CEO Social Chain.

Why so social? – Documentary coming soon.

Fake people on social media

We are using social media as a platform to portray a life that we are only partly living. We want to show off to people, we want people to see how much fun we’re having and we even sometimes take pride and pleasure in flaunting riches.

We are now using social media to adopt personalities that our closest friends and family know isn’t really us. We use it as a means to stand out from the crowd when we are really just as common as the person standing next to us.

Have we become fake?

Can we learn from Wikipedia?

Wikipedia is popular because it contains a wealth of information made for people by people that for the most part consists of correct material.

However, there are many people who don’t believe in the power of Wikipedia and do not accept it as a format of knowledge.

Just because everyone and anyone can publish on Wikipedia even if they’re not a well-known journalist, even if they’re not a New York Times best seller or even if they’re not a published academic does not mean that their points are invalid or untrue.

But what can we learn from this domain and why is it one of the most visited websites in the world?

Social media word of mouth is the greatest marketing and advertising tool

Social media word of mouth is the greatest marketing and advertising tool. Period.

No matter what, if you have good content then you have the power to create something special; without even lifting a finger. The great thing about social media is that its users know a piece of good content and will create multiple strands of media from that content to sit on multiple platforms.

In this vlog, I speak about the recent events that has happened with United Airlines’ mishandling of a passenger and Borussia Dortmund’s team bus incident.

In the case of United Airlines, an unfortunate turn of events involving a passenger and airline staff resulting in the passenger being dragged off the plane by police officers. Fortunately, the event was recorded on mobile devices by passengers who uploaded their videos to social media. Of course, this created an uproar of emotion but what it also created was an opportunity for everyday social media content creators to act and use this event to create entertaining content which in turn made this event that much more visible to the public.

The amount of extra eye balls that this type of social media word of mouth added would have indeed been a number above comprehension. United Airlines certainly felt the impact of what social media can do and how it can ‘make’ or ‘break’ you.

With Borussia Dortmund, the use of the hashtag #BedForAwayFans was created by the club as well as its fans to help find Monaco fans a bed to sleep in for the extra night that the French fans stayed in Dortmund to support their team due to the match being postponed. This is by no means nothing new but the use of the hashtag created positive social media word of mouth to allow football fans to come together as one.

Whether for entertainment or for help or for anything else. If there is a good cause, good content or a good idea, people will use social media to share it, talk about it and promote it.

It is the very best form of marketing and advertising. Just don’t ask people to do it. Let them do it themselves!

Are we learning or regurgitating?

I’m on Instagram Live!

Why is it that in the typical school system we group students in ‘intelligence’ categories based on how well they do on a test? Is it correct to put a child in group ‘A’ because they produced a high score due to their ability to remember something that they have been told by their teacher? Is it correct to put a child in group ‘C’ due to their inability to remember something that they have been told by their teacher. Is the child in group ‘A’ more intelligent than the child in group ‘C’? Or are we praising that child because of their commitment to studying?

What is the correct way to measure intelligence? When we think about the amount of media consumption formats that are available to us and the amount we use at once, is it possible anymore to focus on one thing at a time and give that topic your undivided attention? Right now, as I write this article. I have Microsoft word open on my laptop, my work phone which is on the floor buzzes every time I get a message from a colleague on Slack (which is very often). Whatsapp never fails to make me aware when someone wants my attention on my personal phone which is on the sofa to the right of me. My tablet which is also on the sofa but to the left, although currently closed vibrates to let me know when I have a new email and BBC News which is on TV is telling me the latest score updates from the Champions League. I know I have the complete ability to remove all of these distractions to fully focus on writing this piece and will most likely end up with a better article if these distractions were not around but the real question is… Do I want to remove these distractions?

No.

Me, like most young people feel the need to always be connected for better or for worse. Because of this, do we ever get to learn, understand or focus on what we are doing or will we forever remember things what we have heard, read or watched without having used our ability to make decisions for ourselves due to the many media distractions around us.

We may be losing the ability to focus and make decisions on topics for ourselves, resulting to simply relying on our ability to remember and then regurgitate what we’ve heard, read or watched. Does this make us intelligent? Has the influx of media consumptions formats diminished our thinking capabilities?

What would happen if the internet shut down for a day?

The internet has become a way of life for almost everyone in the western and developed world. Most people use the internet daily and although there was indeed a time when the internet did not exist. It is now incredibly difficult to think or even live in a world where there was no internet.

With the way the world-wide web and all its assets are used today, if the internet were to disappear for a 24-hour period, it would cause extreme havoc and dismay amongst the general public. Massive global, technological conglomerates would shut down, causing the way we go about daily routines to be rethought. If the likes of Google, Facebook and Amazon disappeared for a day, how would we react? Sure, we would deal with it but how would we deal with it and what questions would arise about our reliability on the internet?

How would the 15 year old Californian, high school girl live her life without being able to go on Snapchat? Today’s world suggests that she would waste away into thin air…

Will our children’s, children’s, children require intimate human interaction and companionship?

It’s hard to believe that several generations down the line of present day won’t require human companionship the way we do today. In some instances, it becomes difficult to wrap our heads around the idea that going out with friends on a Friday afternoon after work to grab a few drinks won’t exist. Or having a general face-to-face catch up with good friends will simply always result to a mode of communication through technology.

In a way, humans will always need the companionship of other humans at least for the purpose of reproduction. But thinks again, do we actually need ‘companionship’ to create other beings, no… We don’t!

The way young people use their mobile devices today is a very obvious example of the direction that mobile technology and technology in general is moving. Who’s to say that in one hundred years from now, Rebecca and Jill will be communicating by hologram devices instead of meeting at each other’s houses to gossip?

There used to be a time when you had to physically talk to someone in front of their face in order to communicate with them. Now, all we need to do is pick up a phone. The more we develop as a race and create new ways of talking to one another, the less actual human physical interaction we’ll need. We will no longer need that level of intimate human interaction or companionship.

Yes, communicating with a friend in any circumstance or by any means is still companionship but compare this companionship to what we have today. Now ask yourself this question… What comes next after holograms?

Are video games a reality?

Video games have become a way of life for many people; young and old. They become so engrossed into digital entertainment that it has turned into a form of reality that is becoming increasingly difficult to step away from.

With the advancement in video game play and the tools that have allowed video gaming to become more ‘realistic’, we are now living in an age that can literally put us into games.

Take VR for example, a tool that allows people to live within a simulation or an event, or a game. This is the beginning of a world where we will no longer rely on the control pad to control our sword-wielding character but yet we will soon be able to use actions and thoughts to defeat the flame throwing nemesis that confronts us.

We live in a time where Egaming has blown up on a massive scale with a large influx of money that has been pumped into the industry. This has attracted a wave of gamers with a hunger to ‘make it big’, knowing that they have potential for fame and riches. In some territories across the world, especially South East Asia, it is not uncommon for gamers to where diapers while gaming. Why? So that they don’t lose points while taking a bathroom break. It is also not uncommon for these gamers to be fed while playing. Why? For the same reason.

These video games have now become a reality.

But there are two stories here and I want to ask the same question again. This time, with a twist.

Michio Kaku is an American theoretical physicist who has a lot to do with the way I think about things. He once questioned human life as potentially a ‘simulation.’ Think about that for a second.

Us humans have even created a video game that goes by the name of… ‘The Sims.’ A game where you can create humans inside of a simulation… I want to end by asking you one final question.

Why can’t we humans also be living in a simulation, being controlled by external beings?