Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Video: a Social Network Christmas


(Thanks to Laura Kelleher and a comment from Don Sands)

19 comments:

Mike Westfall said...

Yeah....

It's all about feelings, huh?

Mike Westfall said...

Ah, this is a different one than I saw before. This one is better.

Rob said...

Pretty nifty.

Susan said...

Oh wow. It's neat, but I don't know what to make of this approach. Kind of glad it really didn't happen in this kind of social networking context. There's just something missing...or too much of....

Pastor Pants said...

:)

Steve B said...

Very cool. Posted it on my Facebook page. Of course.

Mark Lussier said...

I think there's a reason Jesus didn't come the first time when we had the 'Social Network'. I couldn't watch the whole thing, because I felt it diminishes the significance of the event.

Cathy said...

I liked this. Thanks. The only quibble I had was to think, "Joseph was minded to put her away *secretly*. Would he really have announced it on FB?" Overall, though, very cool.

~Cathy in NOLA

Mike Westfall said...

Also, where was King Herod in this? Why didn't he tweet in an order for a predator drone strike on Bethlehem?

DJP said...

Mark, I'm sorry it struck you that way, and I don't blame you a bit. It concerned me, and I hesitated over publishing it.

I tipped over the other way because (A) I thought it creative, (B) I did think it fundamentally a reverent re-imagining, and (C) it touched me at a couple of points - particularly when Joseph believed God and stood by Mary, and was immediately "Unfriended" by a bunch of folks.

Herding Grasshoppers said...

(From someone who isn't on facebook...) I thought that was cool. A fresh view. A reminder that these were real people.

The cynical side of me wonders, in how many churches will that video clip be the most meaningful part of their Christmas/Eve service?

Back to my wrapping...

Merry Christmas to all of you,

Julie and the grasshoppers

Herding Grasshoppers said...

Dan,

the "unfriending" struck me the same,

Julie

Gabby said...

It affected me. It was confusing, but still managed to bring tears to my eyes. I don't know what to think of it, but in an odd way, it impacted me. I think in a good way.

MJ said...

I liked it, but in one way it gave me the same feeling I got when our church did a Christmas musical setting the Christmas story in the wild west. (And I kid you not - it was called "For Unto Y'All".) This Facebook take was enjoyable but also a teeny bit icky.

DJP said...

Perhaps I should create a new tag: "Iffy, but what the heck?"

SolaMommy said...

This is exactly why my comment upon suggesting it was "oh dear..."

It's sort of a mixed bag.

Mike Westfall said...

Iffy, yes. But OK. I guess.

You oughtta see the other one that's been making the Facebook rounds, set to the tune of Jingle Bells, which is kind of like having Frosty the Snowman as part of your Nativity display.

Stefan said...

My reaction was pretty much the same as everyone else's. It was clever and slick, and yet....

Stefan said...

...It reminds me of a lot of the slick media that come out from "our" (the neo-Calvinistic) part of the Church.

There seem to be a lot of gifted believers out there who excel at wrapping books, websites, conference media, videos, etc. in beautiful packaging and marketing material.

But in the process of adorning God's truth in bold designs, are we in any way elevating the trimmings of the package at the expense of what's inside?