Friday, September 30, 2005

Pop Culture Roundup

Reading Volf, as always. I just finished his chapter on justice and injustice, and he has some things to say about how we tend to think of the oppressed as innocent, even sinless, and the oppressors as absolute evil. He presents another view, that the oppressed are in need of repentence in their own way, and likewise the oppressors capable of good. This is in no way meant to gloss over oppression, only to caution against absolute lionization and demonization in such a situation. Scenarios and individuals are more complicated than that.

A friend of mine sent along a copy of The Decemberists for my listening pleasure. They're sort of a folk-rock-Irish jig hybrid. Think Rusted Root with a much less annoying lead singer, or 10,000 Maniacs with a male lead singer...except neither of those groups are adequate to really describe their sound.

We've gotten through the third season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and at this point in the show's run the stage was set for the Angel spinoff (Angel is Buffy's ex-boyfriend, who also happens to be a vampire with a, huh?). Season three of Buffy was pretty good, with the mayor as the main foil. He was played so well as an evil guy with a nice streak ("I know what'll make you feel better...two words...miniature golf"). One might even try applying Volf's comments about oppressed and oppressor to him and see what happens.

Around the web, check out Vulgar Homiletics. It's not how it sounds.