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.

A Matter of Life and Death

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Video games have always been about life and death, digitally speaking. When I was growing up, losing your digital life was pretty straightforward: fail to dodge Donkey Kong’s barrel, and Mario bites it. Game over. We still have video games, of course, and digital realms where characters can meet their virtual demise. Nowadays, however, things […]

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‘Idol’atry Waning?

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So, American Idol fans, how is Season 9 going for you? I confess, though I once watched almost every week and often voted, I’m just finding it hard to care much this year. Why, you ask? Well, to tell you the truth, I’m not really sure. It’s not that the show is that much different […]

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Marijuana and a ‘Lost Boy’

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This week brought news of another celebrity’s premature death. Corey Haim, one of the teen stars of 1987’s vampire flick The Lost Boys, died March 10 in California at the age of 38. Published reports have speculated about the role prescription medication may have played in his death. But regardless of whether drugs ultimately played […]

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Johnny Depp Freaks Me Out

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My wife and I subscribe to Entertainment Weekly. And this week when the magazine showed up in our mailbox, the image smiling at me from the cover was enough to make me blurt out “AHHHHH” and jump back into the street. What was it, you ask? It was Johnny Depp, made up as the orange-haired, […]

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Elton and Jesus

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Last week, Parade magazine published Internet-exclusive outtakes from an interview with enduring pop icon Elton John. In it, the English singer talked about, well, just about everything: love, drugs, fame, commitment, friendship, HIV and … Jesus. “I think Jesus was a compassionate, super-intelligent gay man who understood human problems,” John told interviewer Dotson Rader. “On […]

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Bowling Over ‘M*A*S*H’

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I should have been a baseball fan. Why, you ask? Well, I like records. They’re interesting. And baseball has lots o’ records. So does TV. And one of the biggies, a record that’s withstood everything television programmers could hurl at it for 27 years, fell on Sunday night. According to preliminary ratings estimates by Nielsen, […]

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It’s Good to Be the King

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OK, so maybe he is king of the world. The movie world, at least. I’m talking, of course, about director James Cameron. On Tuesday, his sci-fi behemoth Avatar surpassed Titanic—also a Cameron-helmed film—as the highest-grossing North American film of all time. Cameron’s blue-skinned protagonists pulled ahead of his tragic ship-sinking story by a margin of […]

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Back to the Future?

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It’s the end of the year—and the end of the decade. And so, like virtually every other entertainment-oriented writer out there, I’m working up an article detailing some of the significant stuff that’s happened in the last 10 years. In my case, I’m focusing on music. Vastly aiding my research efforts has been Billboard magazine’s […]

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The Movies Made Me Do It!

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It’s a funny thing how watching movies can give you ideas you might not have had otherwise. Even if, perhaps, you’re old enough to know better. Take the case of 67-year-old Michael Crane. In November, Crane purchased a remote control airplane from Coastal Hobbies in Rockport, Maine. It was a combined birthday and Christmas present […]

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Story Time … Online

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Before my 3-year-old son, Henry, clambers into bed most nights, we almost always read a story (or two, or maybe three, depending on how determined he is to stay up). If I had a quarter for every time he’s asked me to reread his favorite book about tractors and diggers, well, I could probably retire […]

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Gossip Girl and the New Normal?

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How do we know what normal is? For example, is it normal for three college students—two girls, one guy—to have a simultaneous sexual encounter? That’s exactly what happened on this week’s episode of CW’s boundary-pushing series Gossip Girl. And some, including the Parents Television Council, believe that depictions of once aberrant behaviors such as these […]

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Owl Who?

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Earlier this year, the Black Eyed Peas held the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart for a remarkable 26-week stretch—an impressive feat of musical domination, to be sure. Then again, we’re talking about one of the world’s most successful bands, an act with an established fan base and a knack for self-promotion and […]

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Law, Order & Abortion

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Here’s a pop quiz on the subject of abortion: Where do you think the following quotes come from? “I grew up thinking Roe v. Wade was gospel and that a woman’s right to privacy was inviolate. But after hearing that woman on the stand talk about her baby dying in her arms, I don’t know. […]

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