Miley, What’s Good?


Sunday’s MTV’s 2015 Video Music Awards were, naturally, again all about Miley Cyrus. She hosted it and managed to dominate it as only a savvy, shock-centric self-promoter can. The online press spent yesterday talking about her outfits (their huge number and tiny size), her dizzying references to marijuana, her “accidental,” somehow-not-so-shocking-anymore wardrobe malfunction. But perhaps […]

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When Miley Met Hannah


We often talk about how pop culture—movies, music, video games, TV, the Internet—influences young people who consume it. But what about those who produce it? Especially if they’re quite young, how does being the at the epicenter of a pop-culture phenomenon influence them? One supernova star whose influence—for better, for worse—we’ve chronicled over the last […]

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Hang Up and … Walk?


By now, most of us know that texting while driving is a seriously bad idea. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, texting while driving is actually six times more dangerous than drunk driving. But did you know that texting while walking can be deadly, too? And I’m not just talking about deadly to […]

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Compton Triumphs Over Sinister Hitman


The rap biopic Straight Outta Compton laid the beat down on its competition for the second straight week, Easy-E’ing into the top box office spot with an estimated Ice Cube-cold $26.8 million. Compton has already snatched $111.5 million in two weekends of work, and that’s nothing to spit at. Granted, Compton’s win came during a […]

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What Spy Movies (and Grandma) Say About Media Discernment


Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation is not the headiest of movies, but it still got us thinking. In this, the second episode of the Plugged In Vodcast, Paul explains why spy movies always make him think of his grandma and how a particular conversation with her got him thinking about the ways we make exceptions […]

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Straight Outta Compton Goes Straight to the Top


Straight Outta Compton, a biopic about the controversial and influential rap act N.W.A., busted through the box office noise and climbed to the top, banking a pretty phenomenal $56.1 million. It crushed the rest of its competitors, earning more than the rest of the Top Five combined. Bad rap? Well, the movie certainly didn’t wow […]

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Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner


The smartphone’s ascent from novelty to convenience to necessity has been swift. And as these handy little Dick Tracy-like devices have graduated to the latter category for so many of us, culture and commerce have evolved to accommodate our perceived need never to be far from our beloved phones. Even so, I was still caught […]

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The Robo-Future is Here … With Your Turn-Down Service


Are you one of those who’ve been staunchly steering clear of all those techy thingamajigs and touch-tablet whiz-bangs? You know, maybe holing up in your grandmother’s Wi-Fi-free basement because you fear all those Hollywood future-apocalypse movies might just be right and someday robots will indeed take over the world? Well, if so, your biggest nightmare […]

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