Like the Parable of the Sower, this Bad Religion video is set in a burning Los Angeles. Punk rock has long interested itself in political and social commentary–drawing attention to poverty, unemployment, corruption, hypocrisy, and questioning the status quo. Although often branded as self-destructive, violent, or anarchistic, much of the music reveals truths that many members of the establishment prefer to underplay or keep hidden.
Every Friday I wonder, will I be able to find one more story, one more vision? Every Friday I wonder whether the gems I search for are running out. And yet, I keep finding them. This one is especially finely faceted.
Fictional accounts of what life might be like post-apocalypse can give us glimpses into possible futures, but today we have a real world glimpse at the aftermath of an actual catastrophic event: the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. Documentary filmmaker, Danny Cooke, used a drone to film present day Pripyat, a city just miles from Chernobyl, 28 years post-apocalypse.
Some days all the inter webs have to offer up in the world of apocalypse shorts are first person shooters, rape gangs, and lonely hunters–all violence and grit, offering no hope and even less creativity. I was just about to give up and share a super cool book instead, when I came upon this British gem. The amazing technicolor suburbs and eerily upbeat intro music alone are worth the price of admission.