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Life Is Not A Video — Or Is It?

September 29, 2013
MIKE MYER , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

A few horror movies, including some pretty good ones, use the theme of human beings somehow being sucked into an electronic world, sometimes their own television sets.

Scary, right? But by the millions, some people seem to think that would be a good thing. What's the point of life if we can't spend as much as possible of it wrapped up in our electronic gizmos?

A video clip making the rounds of television "news" shows and the Internet has aroused a substantial amount of outrage. In it, a priest is shown with a man and woman during a wedding ceremony.

Abruptly, the priest stops, turns to the videographer and tells him to leave. As I recall, the priest says something about the ceremony being about God, not the video.

How dare he? Why, many people who have seen the episode remark, the priest ruined the couple's wedding! At the very least, some remark, he ruined the wedding video.

Good grief. Have we come to this? That God, in effect, is told to stay out of the way so he doesn't screw up the production?

Apparently so, in some minds (I use the term "minds" loosely).

My father was a professional photographer. During the 1960s, I helped him shoot quite a few weddings. Our first stop on arriving at a church was always to ask the minister if there were times during the ceremony when he didn't want Dad popping off flashbulbs.

We abided by the minister's instructions, every time. Only once or twice do I remember newlyweds objecting to that. Most seemed to have the quaint notion that the wedding ceremony - not the pictures - was the important thing.

That doesn't seem to be how a lot of people feel these days.

It goes right along with a question I was asked, in a way. "Which is better," a friend asked, "taking a child to the zoo or showing him a really good video of a really nice zoo?"

If your answer is No. 2, congratulations. You fit right in with many in the younger generation.

Remember the old philosopher's saying that, "I think, therefore I am"?

No more. Apparently now, we Facebook and Tweet, therefore we are. And if the video isn't good, apparently we aren't.

Myer can be reached via email at: mmyer@theintelligencer.net. Or, you could stop in at the office and see me in person.

 
 

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