Plugged In Author: Adam Holz

Adam R. Holz is a senior associate editor for Plugged In. He also writes for Focus on the Family’s Clubhouse magazine and has been a Boundless contributor. In his free time (which there is sometimes precious little of) Adam enjoys playing guitar and constructing LEGO kits with his son. Adam and his wife, Jennifer, are the proud parents, in fact, of three children, one boy and two girls.

Guitar Hero: R.I.P.

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Not so very long ago, Guitar Hero seemed like an unstoppable video game juggernaut. Now, gamers are penning its eulogies following the announcement that publisher Activision Blizzard is pulling the power cord on the game that let millions of fans indulge in a virtual rock star fantasy. Introduced in 2005, Guitar Hero (and soon after, […]

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Getting Snowed

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Like much of the United States, Colorado has been in the grip of some extreme winter weather this week. While we dodged the heavy snow that dumped on Chicago and the inches of ice that blanketed much of the South, thermometers here plunged down to 25 degrees below zero—cold enough to freeze and seize the […]

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Skins: A Cultural Rorschach Test

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Every now and then something comes along in the entertainment world that serves as an impromptu cultural Rorschach test of sorts. One person looks at it and responds, “I see this.” Another counters, “But I see this.” In the last two weeks, MTV’s wildly controversial teen series Skins has been that sort of event (one […]

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A Week Without TV

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The last week has been an interesting one for my family. Why? Because we shut off the TV completely. And it’s been fascinating to observe the results. Here’s how and why it happened. As one of the editors here at Plugged In, I know that research indicates  that television is simply bad news for small […]

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Of Skins and Publicity

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An old saw says that all publicity is good publicity. And MTV’s racy, controversial new TV series Skins is the latest boundary-bending bit of intentional naughtiness to put that cliché to the test. Skins, which is based on a popular and even edgier version of the show in Great Britain, focuses on the drug-fueled sexual […]

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Bad Moon Rising?

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Waaayyy back in 2003, an episode of ABC’s NYPD Blue aired an image of actress Charlotte Ross’ naked backside—a scene that earned a $1.21 million dollar fine from the FCC. Nearly eight years later (!), the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals has vacated the fine. In explaining its decision to overthrow that stiff penalty, […]

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Movies and Mental Molding

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Last weekend I attended our church’s annual Christmas extravaganza. There was a bit of everything, from Handel to jazz, Michael W. Smith to Wagner (if you can believe that!). There was even a bit of ballet-like interpretative dancing with a couple songs. And it’s that last bit that I want to talk about. As those […]

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Color Me Shocked

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I’ve been doing a lot of coloring lately. With my 4-year-old son, Henry, that is. A couple months ago, I discovered that there are coloring-book-style pages online for almost everything he might be interested in. Recently, for instance, we’ve printed out coloring pages for all manner of animals (manatees, cheetahs, peregrine falcons), sharks (hammerheads and […]

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Content, Context and Ratings

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Last week brought word that movie mogul Harvey Weinstein’s independent studio, The Weinstein Company, is suing the Motion Picture Association of America for its ratings of two of the studio’s upcoming films. The King’s Speech, a docudrama about how Britain’s King George VI overcame a speech impediment, earned an R-rating for its (presumably) multiple uses […]

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Bang Your … Skate?

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Once upon a time, the path to becoming a rock god was simple and clear: Grow your hair out. Raise your fist at everything polite society values. Maybe bite the head off a bird. Testify in Congress regarding your right to spew vile lyrics. Or just spew blood and fire from your mouth. A gaggle […]

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Fame and Compromise

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Few entertainers talk candidly about the way fame and fortune can require, at times, uncomfortable compromises. Actually, scratch that. We get tell-all memoirs all the time from actors, actresses and musicians whose fame crested 10 or 20 or 40 years ago—tomes that chronicle rampant debauchery behind the scenes or the things they felt forced to […]

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