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Absurdity and Alienation

I found this video rather by chance. It is probably one of the most absurd things I have ever seen. Have a look, but be warned, insanity can be catching.

For those that skipped the video, I commend your good taste. It is an episode of Junior Christian Science Bible Lesson. Apparently the Science part of that is singing about how god loves aliens too. The singing is atrocious. The songs are ridiculous. And to make it all the worse, the puppeteer is so bad it isn’t funny anymore.

Now I don’t at all want to dissuade people from adjusting their belief systems based on new information. Incorporating the possibility of a vast universe with other life into an existing religion is pretty progressive in some ways.  What I want to talk about is nutters with an audience.

I’ve noticed an interesting pattern with nutty productions like this. The production quality is so bad, so unforgivably terrible that anyone with any sense will immediately back away. It is so epic in its failure that it becomes famous only for being terrible.

I feel that this is somewhat akin to an unkempt man standing on a street corner proselytizing loudly to passers by; not do people actively ignore it, but they are also compelled to distance themselves from any message being sent. Something this absurd and ill-conceived actually does damage to the agenda that it is meant to be forwarding.

So let this be a cautionary tale to everyone. If you have a message to send, do it properly. Invest in your message. Otherwise you will alienate any who might have supported you and earn only derision.

On that note: some professional derision.

 

I am now wondering if I am effectively communicating a message or if I’m just a lousy puppeteer with a stage on which to perform.

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Ryan Consell is a skeptical artist, tap-dancing armorer, juggling scientist, rock-climbing writer, sword-fighting math teacher, uni-cycling gamer, fire-spinning academic and devout nerd. He has a Masters in Applied science, most of a bachelors in Fine Arts, and a very short attention span. He is the author of How Not to Poach a Unicorn and half of the masochistic comedy duo that is Creative Dissonance. Follow him on Twitter @StudentofWhim

3 Comments

  1. March 30, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    The “science” may not be the alien. I suspect that it might be Christian Science as in Mary Baker Eddy, and the reading rooms, etc.

  2. March 31, 2011 at 12:17 am

    My brain hurts…

  3. March 31, 2011 at 9:05 am

    The “science” may not be the alien. I suspect that it might be Christian Science as in Mary Baker Eddy, and the reading rooms, etc.

    I agree that is probably the source of the term, but what I take away from this show is that they’re alien abduction nuts.

    On a side note, the Christian Science entry in Wikipedia is the most clearly biased that I’ve read in a long time.

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