Four-and-a-half million people. That’s how many have viewed the YouTube video of the old folks trying to learn their new computer since it went up late last month.
Why do we like videos like this so much? Because they’re old and computer illiterate and fun to laugh at? I doubt it. It’s because they’re full of life, they’re cool, and they’re everything we want to be not only when we reach that age, but now.
I still have a soft spot for this couple at the Mayo Clinic.
These videos serve another purpose: To remind us to call our aging parents (or grandparents) this weekend. While we still can.
Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started several blogs, and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
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