5. 29 years old and hearing myself for the 1st time!
This is what genuine surprise looks like. Twenty-nine year old Sarah Churman was born deaf, and received a hearing implant earlier this month. To someone born with a sense of hearing, it’s impossible to imagine what it must be like to have one of your senses turned on for the first time.
But her tears of joy say it all.
The true human emotional reaction to a life-changing event make it easy to see why this video has so quickly earned over six million views, and 270,000 shares on Facebook.
If this video melted your heart like it did mine, check out this list from last year of 9 more people hearing for the very first time!
4. Son’s reaction to ‘Empire Strikes Back’ reveal!!!!
This is what a child’s feigned surprise when they know they’re being watched looks like.
Here’s a still from the moment just between “I am your father” and the boy’s dropped-jaw. He’s saying, “is this my cue?”
The concept is solid. It appeals to a love of cuteness, nostalgia, seeing the world with fresh eyes, the ever-popular “My Face When” viral trope, and the patronizingly default choice of using Star Wars to appeal to geeks.
I’d love to keep tearing down the kid’s poor acting (because picking on four year-olds is how I get my kicks) but that doesn’t seem to be a factor since the video has been viewed over 2 million times and shared on Facebook over 130,000 times in only the last 4 days.
Now that I think of it, the fact that the video has two kids in it but the title calls your attention to the one with the fakest reaction makes me wonder if encouraging a “fake or not” debate was part of Bashthemonkey’s strategy all along.
3. Floppy music DUO - Imperial march
Hey, did you guys see this Star Wars video? It’s got Star Wars in it. Geeks love Star Wars.
In all seriousness, controlling the stepper motor in old floppy drives using a microcontroller to play midi files is pretty rad. People have been doing it for years. Here’s a pair playing the Tetris theme. Here’s a set of four playing Flight Of The Bumblebee.
But this one has Star Wars, which has about as much mass appeal as you can get in the realm of nouveaux geek culture.
2. Apple Steve Jobs The Crazy Ones - NEVER BEFORE AIRED 1997
Steve Jobs didn’t invent the PC but he created the desktop publishing market. He didn’t invent the MP3 but he brought it to the mainstream. He didn’t even develop the Apple design aesthetic. That was Jonathan Ive, who’s work is highly derivative of the work Dieter Rams did for Braun in the 1950s and ’60s.
But Steve Jobs was a visionary who knew that computers weren’t only for computer engineers. They’re tools for creative expression.
Although most of us never knew Steve personally, nearly all of us have seen his influence on the world.
1. Steve Jobs’ 2005 Stanford Commencement Address
This is a long one, but perhaps that’s the point in this situation.
A college dropout who changed the world shares his life story at one of the most prestigious universities in the world.
Knowing that we will never get any more time to get to know Steve Jobs, this video serves perhaps as one of the best looks into the person behind the image.
When the news broke that Steve had passed away, the topic took over the internet in many ways. This video quickly rose to the top of the pile, gaining over 18 million views and 3.6 million Facebook shares in less than 48 hours.
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