A Tale of 2 Vatican Videos


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The Pope launches News.va.

Pope Benedict XVI sent his first tweet this week to launch News.va, developed by the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Social Communications, aggregating content and links from Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, and YouTube; along with radio, TV, print, and other media outlets.

Papal tweet

It is intriguing to compare two videos marking the papal tweet.

The first video shown here is the official piece from the Vatican’s YouTube channel. It is narrated in English, has been viewed 26,304 times and has zero comments.

The second video also shows the papal event but is live in Latin and contains no English. It was filmed by a Roman TV agency and has been viewed 52,325 times with 116 comments and counting.

English may be spoken more widely than Latin but the voiceover ruins the sanctity of the actual event, no? Do you truly need the English to comprehend the occurrence? Sometimes words are better left unsaid.

Republished with author's permission from original post.

Ari Herzog
Ari Herzog is the Principal of Digital AH, providing services in digital media auditing, marketing, and training.


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