Sometimes I wonder whether all the the personal technology we have now, from smart phones to interactive TV’s is any good for our health. It’s all supposed to make life easier, but as far as I can see it more often than not, makes it worse. Perhaps it’s just that it takes me longer to understand how to work these gadgets, but when first confronted with the latest upgrade, my levels of stress go through the roof. I’ve only just managed to get the hang of my TiVo box, but not before several screaming matches between the TV and myself, as my picture froze yet again.
It’s good then, every so often, to remind yourself, that all our clever gizmo’s can make life feel better too. My world has certainly been made merrier by You Tube, a modern box of delights, if ever there was one. All known recorded life seems to be on it, be it an early AC/DC video, (yes some of us girls do love Angus and Co), of Bon Scott and the band, being driven around a bewildered Melbourne, while playing “It’s A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock N’Roll), to Groucho Marks, asking a bewildered panel show guest, whether he was a “corrupt politician”, on the 1950′s US show, “What’s My Line”.
Many of it’s true gems though, are home made videos, by one must suppose, normal people, although God knows that is open to question. My current favourite, is a fake charity appeal, from a teenager boy, (no more than 12, I should guess), who has taken to sporting an outrageous moustache, dressing up in a suit and calling himself “Fancy Man” to raise money so that he can buy a fancier suit for himself, from a tailors called King and Allen. This kid is going to go far, either as an entrepreneur, a comedian or both. Without You Tube, he might not not have found an outlet for his particular talents and I might have missed out on a good laugh. We’re both winners.