As I alluded to during the most recent Friday Brain Dead Cinema, a new video sharing website has been introduced called GodTube. Released in early January, it received ‘good’ publicity in Newseek Magazine in March. If you don’t know what it is, it’s simply a carbon copy christianized version of YouTube – using the banner of ‘Boadcast Him.’ This venture is the brainchild of Chris Wyatt – someone with connections at Dallas Seminary and ‘former television producer.’ It’s currently in beta version and yet, supposedly boasts somewhere between 50k-60k unique visitors each day. So, here are the questions:
- Is this good or bad? Is it both? How?
- Is this engaging culture or disengaging culture?
- If the mantra is ‘Broadcast Him,’ then the question is, “To Whom are you broadcasting to…?”
- Will anyone but Christians access this site?
- Is this reactive or proactive?
- For those who are parents, how have your views on such matters changed if any?
Your thoughts to these questions are very important because this is happening all over the place. Don’t believe me. Just check out Conservipedia (the conservative version of Wikipedia), DittyTalk and YourChristianSpace (couple of the many attempted Christian versions of MySpace), etc. I have my thoughts but I’ll reserve them for now. I’ll just say one thing: I don’t want to be hater. I applaud Chris Wyatt and others in their ‘Christian venture’ but I caution anyone if our motivation or actions lead us and others (including our children) to think we’re ‘arrived people’ that build shop and settle in our Christians camps rather than understanding what it means to be ‘sent people.’
But it is interesting to read what one source, Wired, thinks about GodTube:
For the record, what is disturbing about many of GodTube’s videos is not that they are done by Christians, or enthusiastically discuss topics like Intelligent Design, the immorality of homosexuality, etc. What is disturbing about GodTube is that it is an observable microcosm of the way that fundamentalist Christians have shut themselves off from any outside perspective. The result is mental and creative poverty [emphasis added]. GodTube’s videos are no more stupid than any of YouTube’s videos because they mutter gibberish about intelligent design, or indulge in lame Christian-themed parodies of mainstream media. But they sure as hell are a heck of a lot funnier. [read more]
Is it just me or did they peg us pretty good in that quote?