…is not spontaneous. Is that a problem?
I missed the deadline (May 3rd before midnight Eastern Standard Time) to click Mormon Message’s YouTube video edit of Elder Holland’s Book of Mormon talk. Despite the fact I received a handful of email forwards (all identically worded) reminding me to do so, and there was a Facebook page to coordinate the event.
I’m drawn AWAY from socially networked efforts to make ourselves seen, even or especially as missionary outreach. I didn’t vote for Joseph Smith or Gordon B. Hinckley in anyone’s internet poll. I wasn’t the one who asked you to Vote for Segullah in the Niblets (though by the way, thanks for doing so.) When we all do the same networked thing it sticks out as fake as it is. I think of computers infected by the same virus that puts them at the command of
hackers in China publicists in Mormonland.
Now in the ward, in my real life congregation, the coordinated effort has an authenticity and effectiveness I can appreciate. It’s what gets the casseroles to the new Moms–even shy and quiet new Moms new to the area. It’s why I’ll be visiting a couple sisters in my ward later this week instead of staying comfortably at home, part of a network of prayer and care that will loosely cover most of who it intends to. It’s why I’ll probably be part of a swarm of yellow-vested people clearing trails this weekend.
And I’ll love doing all that stuff that would not have occurred to me to arrange for myself. That have more content than a click.
Am I just a wet blanket? In contrast to the coordinated click, I’m charmed by the completely artificial and socially networked Flash Mob. Please, invite me to one that won’t conflict with my kids’ schedule and doesn’t disrupt my husband’s commute. Assign me a color t-shirt and let there be dancing. Although, maybe it’s already a Flash Mob whenever I take all my kids somewhere in a minivan.
As I write this, the video has racked up 191,817 views. Wherever Erin Jakob is, I’d love to hear more about what went into pushing off this event.