A challenge storytellers often face is how to creatively, engagingly retell a story that everyone already knows. The 2,000-year-old Nativity Story is a perfect example. And this Digital Nativity YouTube video brilliantly solves the problem by cleverly retelling the revered, ancient story by solely using fun, digital-era consumer technologies — Twitter, Facebook, Farmville, iPhone, Foursquare, Google Earth, Wikipedia, and more.
I love how this Digital Nativity video is simple, understated, and easy to follow. There’s no narrator, no text slides stitching together or explaining the narrative. Yet this witty video offers a meaningful social commentary.
I actually laughed out loud over the scenes featuring Farmville and Foursquare (two social technologies I’m resisting signing up for) because I could picture my friends buying sheep as virtual gifts and checking in at the manager. And I watched the whole video two more times, each time as delighted as the first.
Now that’s a mark of great storytelling.