Wednesday, November 07, 2007

YouTube Montage

This is a repost from February 12. Mick Bianchi put together one of the best You Tube montages of them all. The original is no longer available but this re-edited version is close.
Advisory: profanity and coarse talking are here. (Like you never heard anything like that before....riiight.)
I think this video is brilliant. My comments are at the original link from a year ago. You Tube has exploded since then and the end is not in sight.

Now that embedding has been enabled, I'm re posting this video.
It illustrates in a moving way how powerful the video phenomenon has become. Thanks to the background music there is a unity to the sequence that makes this video, in my estimation, worthy of some kind of award.

At some level there is a loneliness, an emptiness of spirit that pervades today's society. Anomie is the word that comes to mind. I learned of it in an introductory sociology class years ago. It is the source of one of the four types of suicide categorized by Emile Durkheim. And yes, there are a couple of clips here that go directly to that impulse...and if you back away and absorb the whole ten minutes melted together, it can make you feel sadness. But at the same time there is optimism, hope, sparkling happiness punctuating the piece. I think there is a Rorschach quality to this video that reveals something of the viewer. Think about that as you watch.

This may be the best ten minutes of your day.


mo said...

it's amazing how youtube has changed the net

Hoots said...

Thanks for checking out my site. Your comment arrived just minutes after I published this post, making me wonder if I am being monitored.

Your site is impressive. The videos are sincere and compelling, but mostly I am impressed that even after five years blogging you remain on task. Whatever else you do, you are also a missionary for Islam.

Let's hope together that something we do or say will overcome the ugliness of spirit that seems to be eroding both our faiths worldwide. High-profile figures, both Muslim and Christian (and even some Jews) are leading great numbers of well-intentioned followers to fall away from the core values of their respective faiths.

The reasons for violent conflict may be political, economic or socially existential, but they are certainly not religious except in the most perverse twisting of the meaning of that word.

It is unimaginable that God has either satisfaction or need for His children to fight or kill one another. He has more impressive ways to manage human affairs than delegating that job to any group ot individual.