Christmas Carol battle between analog and digital

by Jordy Altman

Out with the old and in with the new, right?

After all, over the past ten years or so our society has become more and more inundated with opportunities to stay connected (or were we resigning our privacy?)

Either way, it’s a feat unto itself for some people to go one day without checking their Facebook via their iPad. For others, it’s a miracle to remember to call somebody back. With so much technology surrounding us, opportunities to stay connected have surpassed casual chats and have become required encounters.

But is that a bad thing? Can’t our technology move us forward while also paying respect to our pre-wifi lifestyles? Yes, but it is delicate.

Take for instance the Christmas Carol. Is it better to keep tradition or embrace expectation? Watch these two videos and decide!

  • Exibit A: Straight No Chaser performs a medley of Christmas tunes, all a capella. However, it is not exactly what one would expect – this isn’t your Grandma’s Christmas carol, that’s for sure.
  • Exibit B: North Point Community Church performs a medley of Christmas tunes, using only iPads and iPhones. What makes this so captivating is the never-ending amount of instruments the select number of performers have available. Marimba? Bells? Oboe? It’s all there, in that slick little piece o’ plastic.
  • Which do you like best? Can we even compare? Are we allowed to group these two Christmas medlies into the same category or do we need to create a new genre of carols? Let’s hear what you think.

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