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Why We Watch

It seems every week there’s a new video that goes viral and captures our hearts. The joyous “Chewbacca Mom.” The girl who received a doll with a prosthetic leg just like hers. The boy caught on surveillance video sneaking into a neighbor’s garage not to steal something valuable, but rather to hug a dog. These viral vids come and go like a meteor streaking across the sky, leaving a glowing trail in their wake. We laugh, we cry and we share them with each other. Why? What is it about these captured moments that grab hold of us so tightly if only for a few moments? I think I know the answer. I believe it says a lot about how …