Unplug & Get Your Life Back

Commentary That You May Have Thought Of by Mitch Santell

Your Dystopian Future Is Here

Each and every time I go into a grocery store to purchase something, I leave my iPhone in the car.

Each time I run errands, I always just leave the iPhone in the car, 100% of the time.

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Now that I have dumped FaceBook and never post to Instagram, I am prepared to turn in my iPhone 7plus before the end of 2019 and never use a smartphone again.

Are You that Brave?

Can you take your own life back?


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California Headed Toward Civil War

Commentary On A Fading State by Mitch Santell

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Santa Ana River before Being Evicted. These people are in L.A. Now.

There is your side of the story, there is my side of the story, and then there are the facts. 

Do not worry about what people say or what they write or text. Worry about when people start to show up at local meetings to interrupt regular city council meetings. 

Here is an example of what just happened in Torrance, California. 

What you will see here is happening throughout the State of California.

This meeting may seem a bit out of control and is nothing like what is coming. A special Thank you to grindall61 on YouTube who made this video. Please be so kind as to support his work by contributing to his channel. 

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Link to grindall61:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzdFxuJkSodM1KzV4J1Ez2w


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The latest fashion in Homeless America taken from the movie Zoolander

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Social Media More Addictive Than Porn

Commentary On A Digital Crack Generation by Mitch Santell

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The dialogue that I have had with others since dumping my FaceBook account has been fascinating. What have I discovered? Answer: I am not the only one who dumped my FaceBook account and there are others doing the same.


Most American teenagers are constantly using social media, and half admit that it distracts them from looking up and talking to people right in front of them, a new survey shows.

More teens now say they prefer texting to talking to other people in person, and they admit smartphone apps are waking them up at night and distracting them from homework, the survey by Common Sense Media shows.

Read more here: https://nbcnews.to/2LUlyze


The following is a quote from an internal Philip Morris memo from 1970 on the tobacco industry’s brand ethos: “We are in the business of relaxing people who are tense and providing a pick up for people who are bored or depressed. The human needs that our product fills will not go away. Thus, the only real threat to our business is that society will find other means of satisfying those needs.” Oh, hey, Instagram. Step right up.

To be clear, I dig social media. It makes art accessible and democratic. Used effectively, platforms uniquely chord us to persons of interest we might never otherwise encounter in the wild. It’s an all-access pass. People love an all-access pass. These were the pros. The cons seemed steeped in melodrama. Could one really be addicted to a phone? Addiction meant surrendering personal power. I felt in control. 

My first week off-grid ping-ponged between restlessness and relief. Note: I did not announce my departure, nor did I delete my social apps from my phone. I merely logged out and consolidated them into a folder. The discipline of knowing all those platforms were there for the taking made the withdrawals more visceral. Day one, I discovered my hand had a muscle memory. Every time I picked up my phone, my thumb instinctively flicked over to where the Instagram icon used to rest—now a lonesome little void.

Read more here: http://bit.ly/2LQmlkJ

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Is Your Trash Listening To You? I.O.T.

A Unique Video from a Truther in Southern California by Mitch Santell

The internet of things is a real thing and while it is fun to be connected, has it gone too far?

Technology is not a neutral tool. There are thousands of engineers working behind the scenes to make their company’s products persuasive and to keep users coming back.

Millennials check their phone about 150 times a day, according to Harris. People are always refreshing their social media accounts to see how many new likes their posts received. It’s a reward system similar to what happens when we pull a slot machine lever. “Even when we’re aware that we’re being manipulated, it doesn’t change the fact that the design is still appealing to us,” Harris said. “It’s based on how our psychology works.”

Never in human history has something been able to constantly project images directly to our eyes, he said, adding that if those images depict our friends having fun without us, it can damage our self-esteem. The AI algorithms behind such apps are designed to prioritize the best pictures posted—which over time can change the physiology of our brain and cause anxiety or depression.

More here:  https://bit.ly/2Flshx9

The IOT is back in the news again this week. A judge has ordered Amazon to turn over audio data from an Alexa device related to a murder investigation.

There’s a few interesting things raised by this warrant. The investigators believe that Alexa may have captured audio of the attack itself and uploaded it to Amazon servers, which means that Alexa would have been listening despite the “wake word” not being spoken. This would go against how Amazon tells us the device functions. The investigators may be hoping that Alexa may have incidentally heard something that sounds like the wake word, and recorded audio based off of that. This has happened before.

They are also asking for a list of all devices that connected to the speaker during the time period in question. This means that Amazon is collecting information on everyone that visits your home and when based on their mobile devices that they bring along with them.

These new developments only add to the pile of issues that come with placing internet-connected microphones in your house. There’s the obvious problems like the security of the device, a hacked Alexa can listen to everything you say and do. And deeper problems like being unable to figure out what the speaker is collecting. The device can easily listen and record based on specific marketing or “national security” phrases and wait to upload the information until the next wake word is spoken. You can cram low quality audio in surprisingly small spaces, and because all communication with home servers is encrypted, you can’t know what information is actually being transmitted. A great example is Google Android sending GPS information to Google even while GPS was explicitly disabled.

Read more here: https://bit.ly/2RBWSxf

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Positive Aspects Of Social Media

Commentary by Mitch Santell

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Regardless of how much I have complained about Social Media here at After Hollywood.Online throughout 2018, I can say that I am like-minded with these social media rules for CEO’s so check this out.

8 Rules for Corporate Communicators

  1. Social media is a haiku.If you have a complicated point to make, don’t post on Instagram, write an essay like they do at Google.
  2. “La compagnie n’est pas toi” (to paraphrase Louis IV). The company is not you, unless your name is on the front of the building.
  3. If you blow up, don’t double down: When wrong, admit it and move on.
  4. If you’re not a politician, stay away from politics. I served on a board that had a former Mayor on it, and we let him do all the politicking. He was a pro, we were amateurs.
  5. Don’t hit “send.” It is the most dangerous button after the nuclear button on President Trump’s desk.
  6. Unless you are North Korean, you are a capitalist. Don’t act like your main objective in life is saving humanity if you make money renting spare rooms to tenants.
  7. Virtue doesn’t look good in Pradas. Unless you are a celebrity, social justice ranting is going to look strange coming from you.
  8. Shut up: No one ever complained about a post you didn’t write.

Read more here: https://bit.ly/2TbWi6

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7 Ways To Blog Like A Pro In 2019

Here we are near the end of 2018 and I simply cannot believe how fast this year went. Over the past few days I have been in dialogue and open discussions with my team about 2019. As I always say, “A Dream Is A Goal With A Deadline.”

This morning I saw this post from one my favorite bloggers. What was the topic? How to make your blog the best it can be in 2019.

May 2019, be your best year yet!

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If you are concerned about the affairs of blogging in 2019, you are not alone.

Yes, believe it or not, a lot of bloggers are concerned about the same thing too.

In reality, blogging is always evolving and it is quite normal for bloggers to be deeply concerned about the affairs of their blog.

Bloggers are usually concerned about the following things:

  • SEO changes.
  • Gaining new readers.
  • Keeping their existing readers.
  • Losing readers.
  • Coming up with new blogging strategies.
  • Coming up with new methods of improving their blog.

Hey, bloggers are always brainstorming (And, that is a good thing because it keeps them on their toes).

Now, while brainstorming is a good thing, excessive worrying is counterproductive.

Dear friend, I want you to know that it is possible for you to continue your successful blogging journey in 2019 and I am going to spill the proverbial beans (I am going…

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The Dark Side of Information Overload

Comments On A Sane Mind by Mitch Santell

The ability to Think, to live Zen, and to use discernment is something that the majority of humanity cherishes in my view. Don’t allow the A.I. of social media systems to ruin your real interactions with the real world. This blog post from Joel Latto may help.

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I’m an information addict, no doubt, but then again isn’t that the case for the most of us these days? The thing is that unlike (unfortunately) most of us, whenever I find something especially interesting/intriguing online, I dig deep and go for the original source – behind the scenes, so to say, in order to see what really is under the polished end-product, which is fed to the masses.

The Internet has indeed made the creating, consuming, sharing and searching for information easier than ever before, but it has not done so without consequences. The openness of the Internet has lots of debatable downsides, ranging from cyber terrorism to illegalized peer networks, but although many of those regularly gain flashy headlines, I’m writing about an issue that is often ignored: the quality and the worthiness of the data itself.

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Hub.Life, A New Social Media Platform

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Hub.life, a healthy alternative to facebook.

Comments that matter by Mitch Santell

After being off of FaceBook for months and months, I am now trying a new social media platform Hub.Life

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Hub.Life Has Solid Numbers since there are over 1.2 Billion Websites Online.

Why Hub.Life?

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You have a voice! You should be heard! Social media titans like Facebook and Twitter have a stranglehold on their users. They got people hooked on the massive platforms and then began to decide what content they were allowed to see, share, or post. Bottom line, if you don’t agree with their narrative, they will block, restrict, jail, and shadow-ban you. It’s time to fight back!

Hubbook’s mission is to provide an alternative social media platform, free from the barriers that are present in today’s massive networks. Unlike the tech-titan controlled networks who decide what people are allowed to see, Hubbook users are in control of their own experience.

People are encouraged to use Hubbook to make new friends in addition to connecting with current friends, family, and associates. Hubbook also allows page building to promote businesses, organizations, and ideas. Group creation allows communities to be built whereby people can meet, coordinate efforts, exchange ideas, or simply engage in a common fellowship. Direct messaging ensures personal private conversation between users.

While Hubbook maintains a code of decency, its creators do not violate personal privacy nor do they block real users from sharing information solely because they were reported by someone who was “offended”.

Aside from treating people with dignity and respect, Hubbook simply does not have a narrative to promote. So, come join the conversation and stay connected.   

Read more here: https://hub.life/pages/why-hubbook

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The Truth About The September 25th YouTube Change

Here is another reason to leave YouTube. From my experience I would suggest hosting your videos literally anywhere but YouTube.

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Beginning on September 25th, 2018, YouTube is making two changes that affect every one that embeds videos on optin pages, sales pages or websites.

Please keep in mind, these changes only affect YouTube videos that are embedded on your web pages.

But, these changes can seriously degrade the user experience you want your visitors to have on your sales pages or websites.

Change #1 – Related Videos Will Always Be Shown

Typically, when YouTube videos are embedded on sales pages the rel parameter is set to to prevent related videos from being shown at the end of the video.

This is done to keep the sales page experience clean, and to avoid having competing videos show up in the related videos.

On or after September 25, 2018 this behavior changes as detailed below:

The behavior for the rel parameter is changing on or after September 25, 2018. The effect…

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