Friday, August 31, 2012

A Swiftian View of Relationships

on pop theology, philosophy, theology, culture, pop culture, christianity
by Jonathan Harrison

Unbeknownst to our readers, yesterday kicked off the first annual "Taylor Swift Week" here at On Pop Theology. Over the next few days, your favorite writers of On Pop Theology will discuss our favorite Taylor Swift songs through the lens of upper-middle class, semi-cynical, left-leaning (except for Josh), kind of educated, twenty-something Christian men.

Ben has yet to OK this, so Taylor Swift week may not last past today. But for now. Day 2.

Mercifully, I don't listen to the radio, so the subject of Ben's post yesterday is lost on me. In the realms of pop music, my favorite songstress--Miley--unabashedly entered her Billy Idol phase two weeks ago, so I have no plans to begin listening to the radio until Miley stops smoking salvia or Lady Gaga writes another decent song. I'm guessing neither is going to happen anytime soon.

Between you and me, I've only heard one Taylor Swift song. That song happens to be Taylor Swift's cover of the Wham! Christmas classic "Last Christmas".
The mere fact that Taylor Swift covered Wham! probably opened up a worm hole in the universe that destroyed a peaceful and scientifically advanced civilization. 

No one should cover Wham!, ever. But it happened, and high school history teachers should teach about this occurrence so that future generations will not repeat the mistakes of their elders. Oh who am I kidding. Future generations are fueling this madness.

If you're wondering what this whole post has to do about Jesus, I have no clue. I was going to type something about how a Swiftian view of relationships isn't healthy, and how we all invest way too much in the opposite sex when it comes to our happiness.
Society seems to feed off the notion that relationships = happiness so much that someone can write 15 different versions of the same song, and still be absurdly, absurdly popular as an artist.

Of course, all pop songs resemble one another in a way, so you can't fault someone for writing something that sells and sells well. Still, I wonder why, as a society, we're so fixated on who's dating who, and when and why they break up, especially when it normally has nothing to do with us. 

I also wonder why society tells us that we can't be happy unless we have a significant other, but as someone with a significant other, I might be a little hypocritical making that judgment.

Can't anyone just, you know, be good to Taylor Swift so she'll have something positive to write about? All this negativity I'm not experiencing is bringing me down. You can do this Taylor. Be strong.

Jonathan Harrison is not really sure what he just wrote has a point. Sorry Ben. This will probably adversely affect hits for a few months. He also read a tweet last week that said "Hitler had millions of followers; Jesus only had twelve", so if you happen to follow @jonateharrison on twitter, please unfollow him ASAP.

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