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.

Does Pop Music Make Us Happy or Sad? Yes.

In the R-rated romantic comedy High Fidelity, record store owner Rob Gordon (played by John Cusack) ponders this chicken-and-egg conundrum: What came first, the music or the misery? People worry about kids playing with guns, or watching violent videos, that some sort of culture of violence will take them over. Nobody worries about kids listening […]

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A Prayer for Howard and Chelsea

Occasionally here at Plugged In, we’ll take some heat for being too hard on entertainers and pop culture. And I think I understand why: It’s because we spend a lot of time looking at and thinking about the influential folks in our society whose ideas, words and worldview contradict the values and convictions we hold […]

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Tragedy and Culture, Godzilla and God

Amid the wall-to-wall coverage of the tragic events in Japan this week, I stumbled across an intriguing article and photo essay on the website for Foreign Policy magazine. And that article, it turns out, prompted a whole series of reflections for me about the clashing realities of suffering and God’s character. To begin, writer Britt […]

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Nothing to See Here

This morning, I was perusing news on the Internet over breakfast (the 21st century version of the newspaper, right?) when I came across a report that Charlie Sheen has purportedly reached the end of his (very long) rope. In an interview published in this week’s issue of Life & Style magazine (and on the mag’s […]

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Elvis has Left the Billboard

Move over, Elvis. Looks like there’s a new king in town. I’m talking, of course, about Fox’s hit show Glee—and the fact that as of this week, it has spawned more Hot 100 singles than any artist in the chart’s 52-year history. Before this week, the King still wore the crown. In his career, Elvis […]

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Guitar Hero: R.I.P.

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

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

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

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

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?

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

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

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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