Some further updates for you all... I'm finding that the ways the Church have responded to this supposed rumor to be rather... well, decisive and
However, I'd like to point out that the source I mentioned above, the thread concerning this
topic at the LDS Technology Forums
was politely closed so as to have:
the conversations stay around relevant Church technology.
Now, of course, this happened after the LDS tech forums' OP on the subject replied to all the posts with post #8 that points to a
fantastic article at Mashable
on why this rumor
made sense to some, like
One of the first things I learned as a result of reading the article was clarification about the identities of Brady Brim-Deforest and Zach Klein, the
originators of the rumor. Brady is a PR/Entrepreneur buff with tons of projects under his belt while Zach is apparently the founder of Vimeo and
original co-creator of CollegeHumor! Although deeply entrenched in the industry, and together possessing a mass of creativity and humor many would
envy, would these guys ever seriously fan fallacious rumors that could potentially harm their own
? Somehow, I personally doubt they would do that.
The article at Mashable is probably the most thorough analysis of this subject and would, no doubt, pique the interest of many ATSers with the thought
that it provokes.
Some topics the article discusses, aside from the rumor itself, are other intriguing aspects of the church. For example, how Mormonism is a
and utilizing the technologies in Facebook could potentially rake in some extra dough.
Also, Baptisms for the Dead
. This is a well-known rite within the Church and is taken very seriously. The article speculates that using
Facebook could increase the possibility of completing such a humongous task as baptizing all of the Earth's dead. Personally, I think truly
completing such a task would be similar to counting and blessing all the individual grains of sand on earth and then all of the individual stars in
the sky. Nigh on impossible, I'd say.
And lastly, some potent speculation as to why this rumor could have some truths to it, is the article's explanation of Acquisition and Merger
Rumors in General
, which when studying the history of similar encounters of acquisitions and mergers, puts a lot of credibility into the hands
On one final note to you all, I also find the varied speculation at LDSMediaTalk concerning
and its value in spreading the gospel as potentially powerful proof that gives credence to this sort of rumor.
If any of you have anything to add or if this rumor continues to gain interest in the blogosphere, I will keep you updated. However, if everything
quiets down, I suppose this post will as well.
Cheers to you all!
[edit on 24-8-2008 by Rashaverak]