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Could The Internet Get Unplugged?

First off let me confess, I am an Internet Junkie, I make my living mostly because of the Internet. Having said that, I could probably still survive without the NET, but I doubt it, I would have no way of proving my work. Imagine if say Big Brother decided the Internet should be turned off, unplugged! What would you do? Worse yet, what would happen if every computer was confiscated from every home? You’re right, that’s just plain stupid!

I mean, how would Generation G’s and Zoomers survive without the Internet, without technology period? Those two demographics are going to turn the world upside down, it’s already happening. The rules are being re-written, broken and frankly destroyed by innovation and new ways of getting things done. In fact, they don’t care what we older generations think, they don’t even want to discuss how we used to do things, they just want to do what they want to do whether it works or doesn’t. They behave like a Venture Capital firm would, just keep doing something until it scores big time financially on the Internet.

The idea of an organization turns their stomach, Gen G will be able to organize without organizations, that ability to coalesce will have profound destabilizing impact on institutions. You must concede, The Internet is fueling those who want to be heard, the rise of people, people who regroup and organize on the fly. We are in a time where one voice makes a difference, we the people are taking charge and we are speaking up, Corporations don’t know what to do with us in this state. It would so much easier if they could just unplug all of us from the Internet so they wouldn’t have to deal with us. They want us to go about our business and continue to trust them on Wall Street, keep the wool over our eyes. That’s just not going to happen is it?

The Internet doesn’t make us more creative, it’s a platform, a game changer that enables what we create to be seen, heard, and used. The Internet let’s us write the rules of business, let’s us share, let’s us give our creative rights away. The momentum is already too much to stop, the Internet could not be turned off or unplugged, our economies would collapse, businesses would cease to exist. Imagine a world without the Internet, we would have to redesign how work, how we organize work, much like we are doing in this Digital Age. KAOS would ensue, just as it is with the removal of the Industrial Age thinking, the old model is dead.

The new open models are allowing creative individuals to make more money than those that fall under the Copyright Laws of yesterday. Copyright as it is written does not work on the Internet, but a Creative Commons License, or a Collaborative Licenses or possibly User Rights Licenses may prevail.

Who would have thought the big money would be in the conversation. What you and I say everyday on the Internet, is being used to figure out trends, where we are gathering, and what we want to be able to do, for the purposes of making money. It’s what we do here in North America, we are always trying to figure out how to make more money, as much as we can possibly want. What would happen if the tap was turned off, the Internet was unplugged, or worse yet controlled by Cable Networks, Government, and Internet Telcoms. It’s called NET NEUTRALITY, and it’s real, it’s in the courts today.

So What Would You Do If The Internet Got Unplugged?

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I'm a Futurist, I write, speak, and teach the open & free business model, the future of business. Create. Differentiate. Deliver.  

10 Comments

  1. Glenn Le Santo on August 27, 2010 at 10:55 PM

    If they turned the internet off tomorrow I would have to go back to paper. But that would be ok, as I enjoyed the magazine age tremendously. However, I would miss my conversations – I’ve grown very fond of instant communication with the people of the world.



    • Owen Greaves on August 27, 2010 at 11:53 PM

      I have to admit I would be lost without Twitter, I get so much from it. Unplugging isn’t the real issue on a personal level, but from a global perspective the world would collapse. Thanks for your comment.

      Owen



  2. davinabrewer on September 1, 2010 at 2:41 AM

    Owen, So glad to have met you via #sbt10 chat tonight. After reading this, all I can say is man, you are so NOT full of crap. 🙂

    I’m paying more and more attention to Net Neutrality, as I don’t understand it all just so.. yet. Complacency about it is even more dangerous. What would I do without the Internet? Freak right on out!

    A quick look at a smart tweet by Danny Brown lured me into the chat, introduced me to many smart bloggers and let me to your blog, this post. The Internet IS a game changer, the tool that let us reach and connect. I’d be lost without it, and would be denied engaging and enlightening posts such as this. FWIW.



  3. davinabrewer on September 1, 2010 at 2:41 AM

    Owen, So glad to have met you via #sbt10 chat tonight. After reading this, all I can say is man, you are so NOT full of crap. 🙂

    I’m paying more and more attention to Net Neutrality, as I don’t understand it all just so.. yet. Complacency about it is even more dangerous. What would I do without the Internet? Freak right on out!

    A quick look at a smart tweet by Danny Brown lured me into the chat, introduced me to many smart bloggers and let me to your blog, this post. The Internet IS a game changer, the tool that let us reach and connect. I’d be lost without it, and would be denied engaging and enlightening posts such as this. FWIW.



    • owengreaves on September 1, 2010 at 2:50 AM

      Hi & welcome to my world,

      It was great fun tonight wasn’t it, I don’t usually frequent #sbt10 but tonite I was around and participated.

      NET Neutrality is dangerous, it’s about control of what we can do, and what we can say & do. The reason for the movement is because corp’s just don’t know how to make the paradigm shift to an Open & Free Business Model. The biggest reason why I started holding workshop’s, too teach and help businesses see what’s coming and to learn the new model. Google has mastered the FREE part best so far.

      Thanks for leaving a comment and I hope to see you here agin soon.

      Many Blessings, Owen.



  4. owengreaves on September 1, 2010 at 2:50 AM

    Hi & welcome to my world,

    It was great fun tonight wasn’t it, I don’t usually frequent #sbt10 but tonite I was around and participated.

    NET Neutrality is dangerous, it’s about control of what we can do, and what we can say & do. The reason for the movement is because corp’s just don’t know how to make the paradigm shift to an Open & Free Business Model. The biggest reason why I started holding workshop’s, too teach and help businesses see what’s coming and to learn the new model. Google has mastered the FREE part best so far.

    Thanks for leaving a comment and I hope to see you here agin soon.

    Many Blessings, Owen.



  5. ElaineM925 on September 1, 2010 at 7:07 AM

    Owen, I’m also very happy that we “met” in #sbt10 chat tonight.

    Interesting article. As part of the 50+ crowd, and thinking what would happen if there was no internet available to us, we’d go back to the old ways of doing things. We’d survive! For those who have always had some higher technology in their lives, we’d more than likely find them in a corner with a going through the motions but never getting anywhere.



  6. ElaineM925 on September 1, 2010 at 7:07 AM

    Owen, I’m also very happy that we “met” in #sbt10 chat tonight.

    Interesting article. As part of the 50+ crowd, and thinking what would happen if there was no internet available to us, we’d go back to the old ways of doing things. We’d survive! For those who have always had some higher technology in their lives, we’d more than likely find them in a corner with a going through the motions but never getting anywhere.



    • owengreaves on September 1, 2010 at 3:49 PM

      It was great to meet you too.

      I’m sure how well would survive now that we are so dependent on technology and the Internet, things would get real slow and frustrating I think.

      We’ll probably never have to see if we have to get along without the Internet : )

      Take care, Owen.



  7. owengreaves on September 1, 2010 at 3:49 PM

    It was great to meet you too.

    I’m sure how well would survive now that we are so dependent on technology and the Internet, things would get real slow and frustrating I think.

    We’ll probably never have to see if we have to get along without the Internet : )

    Take care, Owen.