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TheThinkingAtheist's Avatar Jump to comment 22 by TheThinkingAtheist

Hey all. Thanks for the input.

I'll admit...I continue to be amazed (aka: frustrated) at those who assert that any kind of dramatic production, video or otherwise, is no better than a religious piece. They see storytelling tools such as music, professional narration, flashy effects and editing as disingenuous tactics designed to subvert intellect and only appeal to emotion.

As a producer and storyteller, I want to engage all of the draw the viewer forward and immerse him/her in an experience. This doesn't cheat the information presented, but if done correctly, enhances it.

Sure, we can read facts, perspectives, opinions and theories in text form. We can post data like one might post instructions for assembling furniture. We can document information merely as ink-and-paper bullet points. And those methods certainly have merit.

But it's just stupid to claim that a documentary or science-related video becomes religious in nature when it incorporates production elements, atmospherics, soundtracks and punchy visuals to make it more palatable, more fluid, more immersive and more entertaining.

When did the secular community become so anxious to recuse itself from being more accessible? So many avoid groups for fear of being labeled "church." They steer clear of labels for fear of being a "denomination." And they reject half the (highly-produced) stuff they see on the Discovery Channel because it's too "religious" in its presentation of science.

Good information can be made more accessible (and more enjoyable) in how it is packaged and presented. If you think that atheist presentations should be delivered in dry voice, no music, no visuals, no eye or ear candy and without any production tools for dramatic emphasis, and if you think anyone who does incorporate those elements is acting "religious," you definitely need to open the box, crawl outside and get some air.

We have great (and true) stories. And we must be good at telling them.

All my best.

Seth Andrews

Thu, 24 May 2012 15:12:27 UTC | #943292

Go to: Time to Get Real

TheThinkingAtheist's Avatar Jump to comment 133 by TheThinkingAtheist

I actually did a short video on this subject. If wild claims are so easily made, Harold Camping's crowd should also be just as ready with an apology:


Fri, 20 May 2011 15:17:31 UTC | #628827

Go to: An atheist feeling alone for Christmas

TheThinkingAtheist's Avatar Jump to comment 74 by TheThinkingAtheist

We just did an hour-long podcast on this very subject. Some interesting calls.


Tue, 21 Dec 2010 20:07:46 UTC | #566924

Go to: The center of all things

TheThinkingAtheist's Avatar Jump to comment 23 by TheThinkingAtheist

Welcome to planet earth. Knowledge we seek. Egos we already have.

Tue, 14 Dec 2010 16:34:24 UTC | #563187

Go to: Atheism: In Your Words

TheThinkingAtheist's Avatar Jump to comment 38 by TheThinkingAtheist

I'm certainly grateful for the posting of my "In Your Words" video here. Professor Dawkins was a tremendous influence when I finally rejected my faith, and he continues to inspire me.

Regarding the edit, music selection(s), etc, I'm a producer and storyteller. I felt the soundtrack would help reinforce feeling and maintain momentum. I disagree that the use of storytelling tools like editing and music automatically make a project like this unworthy (and we've all seen other banal, droning, thick, uncompelling videos and websites that go down like stereo instructions).

Those who confuse storytelling and polish with melodrama have obviously missed what these people are genuinely doing.

After years, often decades, of confusion, conflict, discrimination and silence, they felt emboldened to tell their put themselves out there. They put an exclamation point on a worldview that is stigmatized and often reviled by the religious communities they live in.

Those who weren't raised under the shadow of dogma or the threats of eternal hellfire may not be able to understand how big a step this is. But I'm proud of each participant. It was an honor to produce their stories and perhaps provide some encouragement to anyone else who is going through the same challenges.

As far as the cheap swipe at "Americans," you apparently didn't watch the video, which represents people from all over the world.

For the kind words and encouragement, I'm deeply grateful.


Tue, 23 Nov 2010 17:59:21 UTC | #552045

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