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.