Look Up

A spoken word film for an online generation. Subscribe for more videos: http://bit.ly/Subscribe_to_Gary_Turk ‘Look Up’ is a lesson taught to us through a love story, in a world where we continue…
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  1. Gary Turk says:

    Many of you have been asking me for the words to ‘Look Up’, so here they
    are! Feel free to share. Gary.

    Look Up.

    I have 422 friends, yet I am lonely.
    I speak to all of them everyday, yet none of them really know me.

    The problem I have sits in the spaces between,
    looking into their eyes, or at a name on a screen.

    I took a step back, and opened my eyes,
    I looked around, and then realised
    that this media we call social, is anything but
    when we open our computers, and it’s our doors we shut.

    All this technology we have, it’s just an illusion,
    of community, companionship, a sense of inclusion
    yet when you step away from this device of delusion,
    you awaken to see, a world of confusion.

    A world where we’re slaves to the technology we mastered,
    where our information gets sold by some rich greedy bastard.
    A world of self-interest, self-image, self-promotion,
    where we share all our best bits, but leave out the emotion.

    We are at our most happy with an experience we share,
    but is it the same if no one is there.
    Be there for you friends, and they’ll be there too,
    but no one will be, if a group message will do.

    We edit and exaggerate, we crave adulation,
    we pretend we don’t notice the social isolation.
    We put our words into order, until our lives are glistening,
    we don’t even know if anyone is listening.

    Being alone isn’t the problem, let me just emphasize,
    that if you read a book, paint a picture, or do some exercise,
    you are being productive, and present, not reserved or recluse,
    you’re being awake and attentive, and putting your time to good use.

    So when you’re in public, and you start to feel alone,
    put your hands behind your head, and step away from the phone.
    You don’t need to stare at your menu, or at your contact list,
    just talk to one another, and learn to co-exist.

    I can’t stand to hear the silence, of a busy commuter train,
    when no one wants to talk through the fear of looking insane.
    We’re becoming unsocial, it no longer satisfies
    to engage with one another, and look into someone’s eyes.

    We’re surrounded by children, who since they were born,
    watch us living like robots, and think it’s the norm.
    It’s not very likely you will make world’s greatest dad,
    if you cant entertain a child without a using an iPad.

    When I was a child, I would never be home,
    I’d be out with my friends, on our bikes we would roam.
    We’d ware holes in our trainers, and graze up our knees;
    we’d build our own clubhouse, high up in the trees.

    Now the parks are so quiet, it gives me a chill
    to see no children outside and the swings hanging still.
    There’s no skipping or hopscotch, no church and no steeple,
    we’re a generation of idiots, smart phones and dumb people.

    So look up from your phone, shut down that display,
    take in your surroundings, and make the most of today.
    Just one real connection is all it can take,
    to show you the difference that being there can make.

    Be there in the moment, when she gives you the look,
    that you remember forever, as when love overtook.
    The time you first hold her hand, or first kiss her lips,
    the time you first disagree, but still love her to bits.

    The time you don’t need to tell hundreds, about what you’ve just done,
    because you want to share the moment, with just this one.
    The time you sell your computer, so you can buy a ring,
    for the girl of your dreams, who is now the real thing.

    The time you want to start a family, and the moment when,
    you first hold your baby girl, and get to fall in love again.
    The time she keeps you up at night, and all you want is rest,
    and the time you wipe away the tears, as your baby flees the nest.

    The time your little girl returns, with a boy for you to hold,
    and the day he calls you granddad, and makes you feel real old
    The time you take in all you’ve made, just by giving life attention,
    and how your glad you didn’t waste it, by looking down at some invention.

    The time you hold your wife’s hand, and sit down beside her bed
    you tell her that you love her, and lay a kiss upon her head.
    She then whispers to you quietly, as her heart gives a final beat,
    that she’s lucky she got stopped, by that lost boy in the street.

    But none of these times ever happened, you never had any of this,
    When you’re too busy looking down, you don’t see the chances you miss.

    So look up from your phone, shut down those displays,
    we have a finite existence, a set number of days.
    Why waste all our time getting caught in the net,
    as when the end comes, nothing’s worse than regret.

    I am guilty too, of being part of this machine,
    this digital world, where we are heard but not seen.
    Where we type and don’t talk, where we read as we chat,
    where we spend hours together, without making eye contact.

    Don’t give in to a life where you follow the hype,
    give people your love, don’t give them your like.
    Disconnect from the need to be heard and defined
    Go out into the world, leave distractions behind.

    Look up from your phone, shut down that display,
    stop watching this video, live life the real way.

    #poetry #spokenword #lyrics #lookup 

  2. Michael Hecker says:

    This is what I wasn’t able to put into words. Thanks. And to everybody
    listening. Head up look up

  3. Swaggy Maggie says:

    “So look up from your phone, shut down the display, take in your
    surroundings, make the most of today…” +Gary Turk

    Thanks to this video I decided to put down my phone, I locked it away for a
    day. And it was one of the best days of my life…No one saw it, there are
    no pictures but the experience wasn’t lost, it’s all u here and I’ll never
    forget it.

  4. Darren Ha says:

    “Your generation is too reliant on technology,” said my grandpa.
    “No, your generation is too reliant on technology,” I retorted as I pulled
    the plug on his life support to further prove my point.

  5. Azura Phøenix says:

    *salutes*
    The truth has been spoken.
    I mean I’m not against internet friendship. But if it consumes your entire
    life, you need to stop.
    I feel so hypocritical gawd

  6. Vapor S. Thompson says:

    Is this a new song from “The Streets” ?

  7. Asimov Thomas says:

    Whoa so edgy and hipster

  8. Maya Boni says:

    It’s funny that this message is on the Internet

  9. AnthonyG02 says:

    The reason why most teens are always hooked on internet is because it makes
    them feel safer and more wanted then in the real world. A text can make
    someone’s terrible day. A picture can make their week, or month, or however
    long. Yeah, it’s good to have friends at school, but think of how many more
    bullies there are at school, whereas on the internet, you barely ever get
    bullied. It’s why I’m so hooked on the internet, because I actually feel
    wanted compared to school. I have real friends, and them and my internet
    friends can back me up on this one.

  10. ANSHUMAN GUPTA says:

    #onemustwatch
    +Ruchi Singhal +Vyom Agarwal +Shriya Shukla +Shreyans Kothari +Me

  11. Jason Allen says:

    Epilogue:
    If you want to be happy,
    Not dreary and bitter,
    Then please “like” this video
    and follow us on Twitter.
    Then open your heart,
    Truly life’s control panel,
    and be sure to subscribe
    to our YouTube flick channel.
    ‘Cause right here and now
    You can make your life better.
    You can also click here
    for our email newsletter.
    There’s a world of experience
    Into which you can tap,
    So remember: look up.
    Also, look for our app.

  12. soufian mouhib says:

    using social medias with moderation help us to avoid disconnecting with
    people in the real life , the purpose of this video watched by 40 million ,
    is to make people looking up to each other instead of their smartphone

  13. f1fanbase says:

    Reading the comments I can see how clueless people are… This video says
    not to be OBSESSED with Technology. It doesn’t say to shut them down all
    together. When u are walking down the street don’t fiddle with your phone..
    just be aware of your surroundings. Smile at people, talk to them. Spend
    less time on the internet. Do some thing that doesn’t involve technology..
    Get in touch with nature…

    You people can disagree with me but ULTIMATELY you’ll be the one missing
    out on your life.. So think about it.. Try and reduce the tech usage as
    much as u can and enjoy the natural way of life

  14. Andreas Kossmann says:

    Wow, what a video! A 5 minute clip about unplugging from social media.
    Worth a look. 

  15. RegularK says:

    So what if people communicate via media or not? They’re still communicating
    with people.

    There are the fuckwits who, when out in public, will use their phones non
    stop and ignore other people, but thats just a small majority of people.

    People weren’t feeling sad when tv came out were they? No, they were
    exited, the way we should be about this technology we take for granted.
    

  16. Leon A says:

    Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when
    the flowers are dead.
    Oscar Wilde

    This is for you; my fellow bloggers and G+ Friends.

  17. Doddy SX says:

    smart phone and dumb people

  18. Brian Alvarez says:

    Sometimes I wish technology wasn’t invented. It would be a way better
    place.

  19. Manuel Codenotti says:

    Finalmente l’ho trovato… mi dispiace se non capite l’inglese, i
    sottotitoli non rendono.

  20. Greg O says:

    Check out this video on YouTube:

  21. Jacqui says:

    One of the things that struck me most in this vid: *”We’re surrounded by
    children, who since they were born, who watched us living like robots and
    think it’s the norm. It’s not very likely you’ll make World’s Greatest Dad
    if you can’t entertain a child without using an iPad.”*

    This quote is so, *so* important I can’t even emphasize. Because we’re
    missing out on the chance to connect with our children, the chance to show
    them how to connect to other people in society. It’s very important if we
    want the future generations to know how to love and care for and pay
    attention to one another. It’s important that they don’t hide in their
    phones, but that they make strong connections with others, so they don’t
    feel loneliness or seclusion. This is what I want for *my* kids.

    So, in service, I’ll now be doing much more to help spread love, care,
    laughter, attention and good things to children. I’ll be doing the best I
    can to love them and play with them and also teach them how to interact
    with others and even make others laugh. I definitely won’t stare at my
    screen when my nephew, Cole, wants my attention anymore, because I don’t
    want him to act that way when he’s a grown-up and has his own kids. It’s
    important that we do this for our children, because they are our legacy and
    what we’re leaving behind. They make up the future world.

    I’m Jacqui and I’m just 16. This is my promise for myself and how I’ll help
    the world :)

    P.S. I only just discovered this life lesson while watching, so that’s
    something. Thank you Gary for posting !

  22. Matt Dawson says:

    Sorry mate but it’s the 21st century and that’s how the world is now, can’t
    change it.

  23. NickOhio Productions says:

    Man I miss the early 2000’s decade. There were no iPhones or iPads, Or
    Sucksung phones, or any phones and tablets of that nature. There was just
    FLIP PHONES. I mean, YEAH, I spent a lot of time watching TV then I should
    have, but hey, I played with my cousins, and talked to them, or hell, gamed
    on the PS2 with them. And that time I spent watching TV was with my family,
    so we all talked pretty good. And I played with my toy cars instead of
    games on iPads. You don’t need an iPad to take care of a child, cause I got
    through it. It really makes me mad when I’m talking to my friends and
    they’re on their phones texting. 

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