Plugged In Author: Bob Hoose

Bob Hoose is a senior associate editor for Plugged In, a producer/writer for Focus on the Family’s Adventures in Odyssey, a writer of plays and musicals and one-half of the former comedy/drama duo Custer & Hoose. He is a husband, father of three and a relatively new granddad.

Romantic Pic Tips

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All right. You’ve got the flowers. You’ve got the candy. But now you’re searching for a great old movie that you can surprise your sweety with for Valentine’s Day. I say great old movie because, let’s face it, watching some of the new romantic comedies can be like spending the evening stretched out on a […]

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Words to Live By

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I wanted to share a couple recent cultural happenings that you may not be aware of. Frank Buckles had a birthday. And singer Ke$ha knocked Susan Boyle off the No.1 spot on the album sales charts. Now, you may not have heard of either of these two people. Or, if you have, you may be […]

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A Sweet, Salty Facebook Tale

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I’ve never really been a social network supporter. It’s all seemed kind of silly to me, really. Just thinking about the idea of MySpace and Facebook took up more time than I wanted to spend. My philosophy has always been pretty straight-forward: Why waste my life reading notes from someone on the other side of […]

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The New Face of New Faces

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Mankind has always gone gaga over beauty. From the voluptuous paintings in Egyptian tombs to the airbrushed magazine covers of Hollywood icons, the beautiful have historically grabbed our attention and invited us to adore them. But today’s advanced plastic surgery is playing a pied piper’s tune of perfection that’s starting to become a little—well, ugly. […]

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The Decade of the Shrinking Celebrity

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Remember who was in the celebrity news way back in 1999? The Spice Girls were still strutting their British girl-power stuff. Angelina Jolie was the twentysomething “it” girl. Tom Cruise was getting “sexiest star” and “beautiful people” of the year awards, still a long way from his Scientology/Oprah show meltdown. Madonna had made it through […]

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Dicey Digital Diversions

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The Federal Trade Commission recently issued a report titled Virtual Worlds and Kids: Mapping the Risks, that examined 27 virtual online worlds. The sites the FTC talked about included digital playgrounds such as Build a Bearville, IMVU, Neopets, Runescape and Second Life. And, if you know anything about online video gaming, you will have immediately […]

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Boston Teen Party

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Kids are stepping it up in Boston. A panel of 14 teens recently started pointing to some contemporary music and telling their peers, “watch out for this junk.”  And their list of noxious tunes included well-known hits from artists such as Lady Gaga  and rapper T-Pain. It all started with the Boston Public Health Commission […]

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Star Pressure

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A while back I spouted a bit about director Roman Polanski, his 30-year-old sex crimes, and the celebrities who rallied together demanding that he be exonerated. Well, a tiny tidbit of side news about that ongoing saga popped up recently. And I thought it was interesting … in a non-Polanski way. OK, that may sound […]

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Bah Humbugging Good

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Ebenezer Scrooge is one of the most delightful grumpy old men there’s ever been. Seriously. Can you think of any better? Why even the old codgers from The Muppets or Fred Sanford from Sanford and Son couldn’t hold a candle to the gloriously irascible old coot from A Christmas Carol. Part of it, of course, […]

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Reason in a Godless Subway

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We all know that today’s media, in its many forms, can impact society. That’s what the whole premise of advertising is based on, after all. Well, now a coalition of atheist groups is hoping that advertising will help them in their own cause. They’ll soon be posting a month-long run of ads in New York […]

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Going With the Crowd

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The movie-going experience is dead. Or so I’ve heard. And looking at the growing number of home theaters in the U.S., skyrocketing ticket prices, easy movie downloads and recent Pew Research numbers—showing that a hefty 75% of respondents would rather wait for the video than venture to the cinema—one might think it’s true. But I […]

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