If you’re a Google Reader user, you need to download this. I kept hearing about how awesome it was (along with the iPhone & iPad app) but thought Net News Wire was good enough. But this totally dominates. The UI is amazing and it’s fun to use. Hopefully this is a sign of what OS X Lion will be like.
Having a 15-month old, my house is rarely, if ever, tidy for more than a few hours at a time. And that’s as it should be. But for peace of mind, I need order—a place for everything, and everything in its place—and it’s on my MacBook that I find it. I keep my drives clean and orderly, my desktop empty, and my windows neatly sorted into 9 distinct Spaces. It’s like digital feng shui.
How Ian is kicking butt and keeping it lean and clean using on 44 GB of space.
There are two specific evils that I’d like to talk about that I think are a direct result of this categorization.
First there is the issue of discrimination. If a record store had a “gay music” section, people would be infuriated. Why? Because it’s discriminatory. To relegate someone’s art to a small subculture of sub-art simply because that person is gay is wrong. It hurts that artist. It hurts all of us. I think it’s the same with Christian music. There are plenty of us who are Christian artists who have no desire to simply stay within some CCM ghetto around people that all think the same about everything. There are plenty of us who are open minded to the thoughts and opinions of others who would love to enter the conversation of our culture not as a superior, bigoted judge of the rest of the world, but as a fellow human being who also has opinions and thoughts about the world that we live in that we love to express through music.
Being placed in the Christian section is the musical equivalent of a pizza company being forced by somebody to call their pizza place “Pete’s Christian Pizza” even if they’d rather not. Can you see how forcing a business person to label their business a Christian business just because they are a Christian would be discriminatory? It is the same thing forcing a musician who simply wants to make beautiful and honest music into the Christian category of music. You might as well paint a scarlet letter across our chests.
Good stuff from Michael Gungor. Click through to read the whole thing.
This sums up a lot of my reasoning for not listening to the Christian radio station, or buying Christian albums. This article mentions it, but I just think most of the music sucks and it seems CCM is just a business ploy and has no purpose for God’s Kingdom.
“Our societies have achieved a general level of prosperity of which most of all the human beings who have ever lived could only dream. Now we need to show that we can stop continually wanting more—more money, more stuff. We must show that it is possible for people to realise that they have enough.”—The School of Life : John Lanchester on Enough (via Merlin Mann)