Fortnite as cultural phenomenon many Christians have never heard ofJune 7, 2019
In preparation for Friday’s show I checked Chris Martin’s Twitter feed before going to bed.
Here’s what I found:
Oh man. Tomorrow night, two of the biggest video creators in the world are partnering up for @KEEMSTAR’s Friday Fortnite tournament. @ninja is the biggest Twitch streamer in the world. @pewdiepie is the most subscribed YouTuber in the world (96 mil subs).
— Chris Martin (@ChrisMartin17) June 7, 2019
Leading me to wonder just how many of us know what a “video creator” is today.
Or #Fortnite, a Fortnite tournament, @Keemstar, @Ninja or @pewdiepie (which I have since learned rhymes with Cutie Pie). Do you know what a Twitch steamer is and what about a YouTuber? They are people. And PewDiePie has 96 million subscribers to a page where he posts videos of himself playing video games.
The Tweet that got Chris all worked up?
— KEEM 🍿 (@KEEMSTAR) June 6, 2019
What is Fortnite and why should I, as a Christian, care? We care because millions of people are consuming and participating in a cultural phenomenon that many of us have never heard of. Here’s a primer:
Russell Moore’s YouTube channel and the Fortnite video with Samuel…
Like Russell Moore, I’ve never played Fortnite but also like RDM, I have a 13 year old boy in my house. I also have a summer intern who is 19. I have learned from him more in the past two weeks about all the things I don’t know than he has learned from me.
So, here’s my Friday question: who in the next generation knows you well enough and trusts you deeply enough to talk with you about all the things they know – and are doing – that you don’t know? Surprise them today by telling them you’ve heard about a Fortnite tournament they might be interested in and watch it together. What might happen if that happened?