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Trial and Error

In Memory of Randy Pausch

July 28, 2008 6:00 AM

If you ever doubted the humanity of YouTube, and by that I mean the site’s potential to do good, then consider that without YouTube we’d probably never have known of Randy Pausch.

The Carnegie Mellon University Professor and best-selling author died Friday after a 22-month bout with pancreatic cancer. That battle, but even more his approach to life in the face of such a battle, became the basis for his last lecture, aptly dubbed “The Last Lecture.”

That video has earned more than 4.5 million views on YouTube since December. Not bad considering it’s more than an hour.

So it seems fitting to share once more one of the best videos YouTube has ever had the pleasure of hosting.

“It’s not about how to achieve your dreams. It’s about how to lead your life. If you lead your life the right way, the karma will take care of itself. The dreams will come to you.”
—Randy Pausch


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Daisy great point. i heard about the Mellon professor first on tv and then i saw his popular video clip on www.zoogatv.com. Yes you are right if it was not for sites like YouTube and others the masses would not of known of his plight. Great article and good for pointing the new online media benefits out.

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