The title of this post refers to this article. I’m not sure what to say. When I first saw the title of the article, I was excited. I’m not ashamed to say it. I thought that someone was going to be promoting the Bible (meaning its contents, narratives, etc) to teens. After I clicked over to the article I quickly discovered that my excitement was misplaced.
There are actually several disappointments with the article. First, the campaign that it refers to is not about promoting the stories of the Bible to students. It’s not even about encouraging teens to read the Bible. It’s not even trying to get teens to question the Bible! It’s trying to sell Bibles – and a specific Bible at that. I was highly disappointed. The idea of little internet shorts, à la lonelygirl or Chad Vader makes great sense. Though, trying to use that to sell Bibles gets me less enthused than using it to get teens interested in the Bible.
Second, what in the world is the MySpace Generation? Is this some new way to try to exploit fear among adults? First, it has been argued that MySpace users are mostly well past their teen years. Others have disputed these findings. At the least this shows that we don’t really know what’s going on with MySpace in regards to age statistics. Regardless, calling an entire generation by the name of a single website? Fine, so its the most popular one – but really, come on. We should be able to come up with something better.