This paper presents a case study of a 79 year old video blogger called ‘Geriatric1927’, and his use of the video sharing website, YouTube. Analysis of his first eight video blogs, and the subsequent text responses, reveals opportunities of this medium for intergenerational contact, reminiscence, reciprocal learning and co-creation of content, suggesting older people can be highly motivated to use computers when social contact is their aim. We conclude by noting the importance of technologies that are socially engaging and meaningful for older people and pointing to ways in which the social life of YouTube might be better promoted on its interface.
Bibliographical note(c) Springer-Verlag, 2008
- Intergenerational communication
- video blog
- older people
- social software