Friday, December 17, 2010

Pop Culture Roundup

I'm continuing to read The Girl Who Played With Fire, where Lisbeth is now suspected of a triple homicide. The book explores more of her past, which has a connection to what happened. Yet again, the book seeks to raise awareness as much as tell a story, this time focusing on the sex trade and exploitation of women to that end. Just as much, however, as the media seek to get as much mileage as they can out of the murders and the hunt for Lisbeth, they skew, distort, and just plain make stuff up. But of course, perception is reality, and people don't know the difference. I think that that's just as important a commentary.

We watched A Charlie Brown Christmas this past week, thinking that we would sit together as a family and Coffeeson would want to watch Snoopy. He lasted for a couple minutes and then wanted to do other things. Charlie Brown is one of those Christmas traditions that I look forward to, and this year it was a bit of a harried experience. Regardless, Linus recites Luke 2:8-14, the tree is "resurrected," the kids sing "Hark the Herald Angels Sing."

Here's a horrible version of "O Holy Night" that had me laughing so hard that I cried:

And here's a video that some students from Heidelberg made while parodying a certain Cee Lo Green song: