an antidote to media mean-spiritedness: 4 videos to restore your faith in humanity

In my last post here on Babble, I went on a bit of a rant about the recent Academy Awards.  “What passes for entertainment on television is deeply grounded in the humiliation of others,” I said.  “And it doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon.”

To be honest, I suspect I’m still right when it comes to television … but happily, I may be wrong when it comes to new media.  After spending a little time around the web this week, I’ve managed to find some wonderful entertainment that celebrates kindness, and connectedness, and humanity.


And so, as an antidote to some of the mean-spiritedness we’ve witnessed this week, here are four videos that will restore your faith in humanity, and realize once again that we do live on a planet that is capable of great beauty.

Chatterbox — a celebration of friendship.  The folks at Soul Pancake built a giant ball pit, and invited strangers to climb inside, to see what happened.  It’s a relatively long video — 6 minutes — but honey, it’s 6 minutes full of happy.


Leading with lollipops — all about everyday leadership.  In this TEDx talk, Drew Dudley tells a story about a time he made a difference in someone’s life — a time about which he has absolutely no recollection.  His call to action is for all of us to believe in our innate power to lead in the everyday.


Bringing joy to everyday moments. This is another TEDx talk, given by Kristen Pedemonti, who believes in seizing every opportunity for joy.  In her own quirky, eccentric way, she also leads in the everyday — but armed with bubbles.


Passing to the other team.  And finally, if you ever worry about kids these days, don’t:  this amazing video of a basketball player passing the ball to a mentally-challenged competitor will restore your faith.  (And possibly make you cry.  Don’t say I didn’t warn you.)


See?  It turns out that we do live in a world of great beauty.

(And incidentally, as a little bonus video, this link to my own TEDx talk, about looking for the light in folks.  Perhaps I should take my own advice more often.)


Tagged as:

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, profile photo and other personal information you make public on Facebook (e.g., school, work, current city, age) will appear with your comment. Learn More.