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  1. Phil
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    Have I missed something?

    I saw a depiction of an elderly women fully conversant with a computer AND an iphone and active both of them. I also saw an elderly women who was feisty and resourceful. Not only that, she was selecting emails specifically about Obama showing that she was fully cognisant and aware of the political situation. In fact, if anyone was shown up to be incompetent, it was the other three characters who seemed unable to setup a simple filter to flag and delete forwarded material from her.

    How is that stereotypical? In fact, I was laughing at how the grandma was running rings around everyone else

    More videos showing old people in control and learning new skills, please

  2. Margit novack
    Margit novack at | | Reply

    This is about addiction. I dont think there is anything funny about addiction. Why would he suggest it is how “old people think.”

  3. Marti Weston
    Marti Weston at | | Reply

    There are many other ways and so many other characters of all ages that this video could have focused on, so it’s really too bad that the creators chose an elder as the individual with the problem. I’d go so far as to say it’s not even a parody — just a slam at people who have trouble understanding today’s new connected culture because they grew up in a mostly unconnected world. Sadly, I think lots of elders have been given computers and other digital tools by family members without the necessary support to help them understand the (brave) new world they are joining.

    To make fun of individuals, who are digital immigrants but still eager to develop digital communication skills and connect with friends and family, is distasteful and ageism at its worst. I have lots more to write, but I think I’ll head on over to my blogs — rarely do I have a subject that fits on both of them — rather than fill up the Changing Aging comment section.

  4. Marcia Barhydt
    Marcia Barhydt at | | Reply

    A few years ago, I wrote an article titled “Old Jokes”, meaning jokes about old people. Here’s the last paragraph of that piece and it should tell you how I feel about offensive stuff like this.

    “If we realize now that jokes about people from other heritages are racist and discriminatory, if we realize now that jokes about other religions are intolerant and discriminatory, if we realize now that jokes about the opposite gender are sexist and discriminatory, the why don’t we realize that hokes about older women and men are ageist and discriminatory?

  5. Richard Ambrosius
    Richard Ambrosius at | | Reply

    Ageism with a political agenda…my what a creative application. Thanks for calling foul on this one. Not surprisingly, none of the comments on the posting site pointed to the blatant ageism, but rather renforced it. I found it even more telling that a paradoy on forwarding was forwarded to Bill. By all means, let’s redo the parody with a young blonde, a minority or someone in a wheel chair. I doubt anyone would mind as long as the focus was on forwarding. Thanks also for pointing our the political leanings of the creator, which made the ageism almost more apalling.

    While forwarding is frustrating, it really doesn’t take me andy longer to delete emails from the chronic forwarders than it doe those pitching male enhancement, steaks, insurance, telling me about the trip I won, etc. etc. etc. I am thinking this was just another creative way to get a political message to many people…and why not make fun of older people in the process. It works for major media, situation comedies and Taco Bell.

  6. Gaea Yudron
    Gaea Yudron at | | Reply

    What a stupid film clip! Not funny and certainly ageist….”how old people think”….yuck….

  7. Judith Konopaski
    Judith Konopaski at | | Reply

    I may be way off-base, but I believe it is unfortunate that an “older” person was shown in this parody because I DO find obsessive forwarding to be a problem and I can see the satire and humor in this. Using an older person to make a point raised issues of aegism. I think this could be re-done with a generic person and still contain pertinent satire. ps, I am near the age of the woman in that parody.

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