Pretty catchy, huh?
Also, nice little touches like the blue-screen “PLAY” and the color test bars/tone give it a feel of authenticity.
There are a few problems, though. There’s no VHS distortion at the top or bottom of the video, but there is (surprisingly regular) tape distortion in the video (which leads me to believe that it’s a distortion filter). The aspect ratio doesn’t quite look NTSC video-sized. It screams parody. So let’s look for this church and see what’s up.
The domain for the website of the church says it closed in 2004 (which has the same picture) was registered in January of 2013. The registrant information is private, which was rare at that time. Nice touch with the “Sermons” page (an apparently malformed ASP call), that arguably could have been inserted by a WYSIWYG editor of the time… except that the page identifies the editor used to create it:
<meta name=”generator” content=”Starfield Technologies; Go Daddy Website Builder v6.1.1″/>
Version six of the editor was announced on August 15, 2012.
Also, the website has Open Graph tags embedded in the document which I believe were introduced in 2010.
The website image has a .jpg extension, odd blocky distortions and a moiré pattern across the front that looks like a highly-compressed jpeg file (but again looks more like a plugin than lossy compression to my suspicious mind). Unfortunately, it’s not a JPG – it’s a PNG, which is a lossless compression type, a puzzling decision since a PNG is a larger file of higher quality than a highly-compressed JPG graphic. Eh, I’ve spent enough time on this.
Let’s just say someone made a silly video, and threw an odd and contradictory puzzle together to go with it.
Life on the Internet as usual.