Tuesday, June 27, 2006
Christian Muzak In Blog Comments Cuts Back On Sinful Responses
In an effort to make the comments boxes in Christian blogs "civilizations of love," an enterprising blogger is attempting to soothe agitated commentators by creating an application called "Christian Muzak for Haloscan."
"I got the idea when reading two bloggers going after each other's virtual jugular online, getting more and more upset, descending into name-calling, and I thought, whoa. What if a non-Christian reads this stuff? What would they think of us?" explained the application's creator Jerome Kilmartin. "What could I do to stop them? Then I thought: a musical interlude may soothe commentators before they spun out of control."
The application opens a midi file whenever a person clicks on "comments" in a blog using Haloscan to manage comments. So far, the midi files available are "They Will Know We Are Christians By Our Love," "Ubi Caritas," and "Where Love and Charity Prevail".
"It made a difference with me," noted John Lipton, a self-described "compulsive commenter." "I read a post, became furious, and clicked on the comments box fully intending to call that person a &*(^$%#$&%#**(% idiot. Then I heard the soothing electronic notes of 'Ubi Caritas' and thought, Would Jesus do this? I don't think so. I took a few breaths and typed 'Go and sin no more' instead. The application really opened a window of grace for me. Thanks, Christian Muzak!"
Kilmartin is pleased by the favorable response to his project. "Anything for promoting virtue and a civilization of love. Next up, I plan to see if I can get the midi files to spontaneously pop up whenever I'm being an idiot IRL. Um, in real life. With my IPod. Who knows, maybe midi files are the key to world peace."