A 32-year-old man talks to his 12-year-old self. The young boy from 1992 asks about the internet, and the older man is reminded that he used to draw on regular papers. The video has gone viral and been viewed six million times, as of this writing.
Jeremiah McDonald A 32-year-old man talks to his 12-year-old self. The young boy asks if his pet were still alive, and the older man could not believe he used to draw. The video has gone viral and been viewed six million times, as of this writing.
Jeremiah McDonald, aka weepingprophet in YouTube, is an actor, filmmaker and associated artist, who has been producing short videos since 2006.
Here are five of the coolest things about McDonald's video:
1. The idea. It was 1980s. He was 12 years old, and he thought it might be brilliant to say some things to himself, which he could respond to twenty years later. As a preteen, he imagined what he could ask himself. Viewers could only guess how long the 1980 video was, but McDonald had enough quick second snippets to string together for a decent conversation in the present.
"I think I'd like to talk to myself in the future," 12-year-old Jeremiah begins.
2. Showmanship. McDonald clearly has a flair for entertaining people. Whether or not he was aware of this as a child, he certainly stuck to doing what he enjoyed doing.
3. Natural conversation. The resulting minute-and-a-half conversation after what must have been hours of editing is fluid and convincing. "So, how are things?" The young boy asks. The old man quips, "Okay." Viewers instinctively ask themselves how they would answer such a question from their old self. The first word could easily be just that - okay.
4. The (Internet) Foresight. As the old man says that "life before the Internet is quite of a blur," the young boy asks with squinted eyes, "What?" How the young boy had a line for something he didn't catch is just brilliant. It shows the video made 20 years ago was creatively planner. And so the man says, the boy will know more about the internet in a few years. "It's gonna completely takeover your life," the man notes.
5. Humour. The video is punctuated with witty humour. "Look at you, you're interviewing yourself!" The boy who made the video 20 years ago was not afraid of the future. He was certain he will live to see his young self again. The moment can be sentimental, hilarious, or both. The boy went for hilarious, and he succeeded.
From the moment the video starts, the viewer is hooked. The video ends with the viewer satisfied, saying something like, what a neat idea! McDonald's video has all the right ingredients of a viral video: universal humour, elements that viewers can easily relate to, i.e. pets, dreams, jokes etc.; and an ingenuous idea.
A 32-year-old man talks to his 12-year-old self. The young boy asks if his pet were still alive, and the older man could not believe he used to draw. The video has gone viral and been viewed six million times, as of this writing.