Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Pope Video: A Budgie Pecking at a Mirror


(h/t Mahound's Paradise) The Bear used to do a pretty good job, if he may say so for himself, covering the Pope Videos. Clearly, that's over. So what does the Bear have to say about this latest narcissistic production?

Obligatory montage of men and women of different races. (Because some things never get old.) Automation is making the cars that takes us places, the drugs that keep us from mauling people, and there is a high-tech path with rollers for boxes of something.

The dramatic climax is when two boxes get jammed, bringing the line of stuff you ordered from Amazon to gridlock. By the way, has the Bear told you how much he loves his Echo?

But then an old white dude steps in and sets everything right. Everybody smiles and congratulations him for moving the one box from in front of the other one. See, the dignity of workers is preserved by having large numbers of people standing around waiting to unjam a T-bone of boxes that happens once every six years.

By the way, this is shamelessly stolen from "I Love Lucy."




Pope says some stuff, but since it has nothing to do with the Christian Faith, the Bear didn't pay much attention. 

Have there really been nine of these awful things? It almost makes the Bear long for the first one, which at least had a squarely presented heresy to complain about. It is a good thing the Pope Video people have no imagination or daring, or they might produce effective agitprop the Bear would have to take seriously enough to really write about. That sounds suspiciously like work.

Fortunately, our side has the Bear to produce effective agitprop.




Okay, one comment of substance, just to preserve a little credibility. These videos are not made for you. They're not made for Catholics at all. They're not made for the relatively small YouTube audience they draw. They are made for Pope Francis and the handful of other people involved in making the videos. They are made to depict the Pope as caring and enlightened. Not a single person could watch them, and they would have still fulfilled their purpose.

Evil is self-defeating. Always. Eventually. Pope Francis is a budgie pecking at a mirror in these videos. That's all.  Fortunately, there's always our featured post on Ginger Rogers, who is a mere 50 views behind Milo Yiannopoulos. It's Ginger! Come on, guys!

22 comments:

  1. Your Pope Video reviews are the gold standard. But you're right that Pope Video reviewing may be a sort of dying occupation.

    It actually only occurred to me recently that it's possible virtually no one is watching these things. Or, rather, no one beyond people like us who feel we have to point out to the world how dodgy these videos are. Have you ever seen a favorable link to them or seen anyone favorably talk about them? Does anyone actually look forward to them other than those who get a frisson out of gnashing their teeth?

    And of course you're correct to point out that the video company at least is making money.

    The Pope is has done a huge amount of damage to the Church and will no doubt continue to do so, but in one sense, or in one aspect of his pontificate, at least, he really does appear to be shrinking into a little budgie pecking at his reflection. I think that image is perfect.

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    1. You may have noticed the YouTube views are remarkably low for a pope. At least they have been when I checked. I think we've both tried to give it our best (your one about finally a black man who wasn't holding a spear is a classic) but it's like trying to do a literary review of a fifth graders writing assignment. They are a mind-numbing sameness of PC montage + some worldly banality. I get the feeling they're just phoning them in by now. Maybe they realize how stupid the whole project looks, but don't know how to get out of a failed initiative gracefully.

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    2. Could people be watching them from non-YouTube sources or in a way such that the hits aren't recorded on YouTube? You're right that the totals are absurdly low. For example, the hits right now on Video 9 are probably lower than the hits you have received on your post (or if not, then certainly the hits you, Vox and I have received on our combined posts) in the last 12 hours--and, of course, we're LINKING to the video. It's actually kind of weird.

      Besides links from snarky reviewers, how are people being directed to the videos? Maybe no one is.

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    3. Actually, it looks like for Pope Video 9 (and I assume the others), there are actually two main YouTube sources--The Pope Video has a bit more than 2,000 hits, and The Vatican has a bit more than 4,000 hits. I also noticed that The Pope Video FB page has 409 shares for video 9.

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    4. Got me. There is the Pope Video site. I think they maintain a mailing list. But why would anyone watch them? Even if you like Francis, you are still not going to want to watch a banal, by-the-numbers little video that is just not entertaining. As we both know, the internet is extremely competitive. You have to fight for every second of eyeball time against millions of other options. I just don't see anyone waking up and thinking, "Hey, it's about time for a new Pope Video! I think I'll go see if it's up!"

      And sure, the Bear gets a lot more traffic than the YouTube videos would suggest the Pope is getting. If the Pope had the Bear writing his material, he would be getting traffic like the Bear, too.

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    5. Last month's video (which was by far the best technically) about sports got a little under 10,000. That is still horrible by any measure, and still laughably below Bear's views for the same month. And I would call this a third tier novelty blog. Fr. Z probably gets more views in a month than all the Pope videos together and by a huge margin.

      No doubt we are missing some, but there are 1.2 billion Catholics in the world. Who does the Bear have to kill to get 1.2 people knowing who he is and that he writes stuff? (Note to Fish, Game and Wildlife's Department of Large Talking Predators: this is a human expression, the Bear believes, and is not meant to be a threat to anyone.)

      Give the Bear 1.2 followers and he guaran-damn-tees you he will take over the world.

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    6. Opened Aug 26: Don't Breathe. A movie about three young people who make the mistake of committing home invasion of a blind guy. So far: $15,700,000. That's 15 million salmon. Kind of puts things in perspective. If the Pope preached Christianity and had a decent production company that was not wedded to a tired template, he would be getting a thousand times more views. You don't get eyeball time by putting up nothing, (Although a post entitled "A Complete Waste of Your Time" did unaccountably well.)

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    7. I think the point of this video, as with all the videos, is not the number of hits. I don't think they are playing that game. These "intentions" are mere statements of Francis facts. A mere facet of a multi-pronged attempt to impose a new reality upon the Ancient Church. The message must be simple and aimed every time at the most important of all truths:

      Man is at the center of things. And not God.

      That fact must be imposed and accepted above all else.



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  2. Priceless!

    I'm glad you're done writing your book so we can once again get our full dose of head scratching bear sarcasm.

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  3. The budgie in the mirror analogy is a good one.

    "Satan loves a spectacle, success, glory, and applause. If Christ has chosen the cross, Satan has chosen the stage."
    Fr. Livio Fanzaga, The Deceiver

    "Hatred can be charming, while true charity can be stern."--St. Augustine

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    1. Now that is something to remember. Good quotes. Thx.

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  4. Oh, but you forgot to mention the critical fact that the problem solver was in a wheelchair!

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    1. THAT explains why he could be a white male. I was wondering about that!

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  5. The Good Lord allowed me to find you and your blog,today. I'm not going to read any other so-called traditional Catholic blogs any longer, except yours. You are true to the Faith, you understand the seriousness of the apostasy that is occurring within the Church, and, like the great saints, like St. Theresa of Avila,you have a great sense of humor because you know, as all Catholics should know, the victory is already won by Our Lord on the Cross. May God bless you Bear. Sincerely, Boo Boo.

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    1. Thank you! The Bear doesn't know how traditional he is, but he tries to stay Catholic. He's just Bear, riding his unicycle around ring number 3, juggling copies of Amoris Laetitia while waiting for someone to throw him a fish. One thing's for sure: you never know what you'll get. Maybe it's Pope Francis. Then again, it might be Ginger Rogers.

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  6. Say you are the devil and you just signed up the Pope as one of your followers. My guess is you would want the Pope to be all about anything but orthodox Catholic teaching. You would want him to comment on everyday things, things that, for the most part, folks are not the least bit interested. You would also want him to pronounce on things that were both controversial and on which he had no special competence. In other words, the entire point is what the Pope is NOT ABOUT, i.e., his actual job of saving souls, etc.

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  7. It is thought provoking, now that you mention it, why are they continuing to make these things. I think Brian may actually have it, these people are using great financial resources, which of course they have at their disposal, to get that message out there. He's diabolically relentless, anyway. Never has a man been so devoted to a cause. He's got something un-Catholic to say every single day.
    I love the image of the budgie pecking at a mirror.

    Do you not think the love affair is somewhat over? I think it may be. EWTN tried to play off the relatively small crowds at Mother Teresa's beatification for example, on a "fear of terrorism", but I wonder if there are fewer and fewer people interested in going all the way to Rome to see, him.

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    1. This is not the first disappointing turnout. You can spin it however you want but if you are Catholic, you want a Catholic pope. Francis is like a RINO. The establishment may want them, but regular Republicans are sick of them.

      There is no gracious way to dump the Pope Videos. People like the Hound and Bear would be all over that. The logical thing would be to fix them. Make them Catholic and break away from the dumb montage template.

      The real problem is they are not actually prayer intentions anymore, but just 3rd - rate leftist agitprop. Another thing Francis and his ego have ruined. We cannot even join with our pope in prayer every month. How do you even get an indulgence? He is horribly wrong-headed about everything.

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    2. Bear: "... They are not actually prayer intentions anymore, but just 3rd - rate leftist agitprop"

      Brian: The leftist allusions are a diversion from what is most important. The important point is to remove Jesus. The point is that the Pope is seen talking to the world, again, while covering up Jesus Christ with his hand; the visual aid that accompanies another in the vast, odious quilt of Papal speech that has removed Jesus Christ almost utterly.

      Leftism, such as it is, is in service to the real goal of removing Jesus from the conversation. Leftism I can live with. The loss of Jesus, especially within the Catholic Church, I can not. Political philosophies come and go, but God will avenge those who mock Him.

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    3. I do appreciate the Bear and the Hound's commentary on these videos, it saves me 80 seconds of banality. However, I'm sure I'm missing out on some sort of indulgence by not subjecting myself to it.

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  8. The public (family) rosary recitation requires praying for the intentions of the Pope IIRC. I don't know if you have to specifically name them, or just generally pray for whatever the Pope's intentions happen to be.

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