Storytime

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If you look at Plugged In‘s home page “rotator” today, you’ll notice a big picture of a candle grasped between two fingers. It’s a pretty cool picture for what, I hope, you’ll think is a pretty decent story—the first of an 8-part series (titled “Not Just a Movie”) I’ve written that explains why we at […]

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Miley Worse Than Britney?

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What would Hannah Montana say? Reigning teen queen Miley Cyrus has been named as the “worst celebrity of the year” by the readers of AOL’s teen-centric pop culture website, jsyk.com, beating out such celebrities as Kanye West and Britney Spears. The results, at first glance, feel pretty bizarre. I mean, it’s hard to imagine Miley […]

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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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Snowstorm Snickering

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A couple of days ago, Adam Holz wrote a post called “When Weather Attacks.” So I’m blaming him for the winter storm that dumped a few inches of snow on my house last night. It wasn’t too bad, as October storms go. And it’s really not fall in Colorado Springs until we get a couple […]

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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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When Weather Attacks

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Once upon a time, if you were a cable or satellite subscriber, you could rely on staid, utilitarian information outlets such as The Weather Channel to give you the raw data you needed right at that moment. You know, information to help you answer basic questions like, Is it going to snow today? Or, what’s […]

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A Dulling Saw?

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The weekly box office wrap-up is one of the most-discussed but, really, most-misleading pulse points for our culture. Every week, media outlets across the land report how much money the weekend’s biggest films took in and try to figure out where we are, culturally speaking. We at Plugged In do it, too. I danced a […]

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Axl Rose Meets Jesus?

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I’m wrestling with something. A couple of weeks ago, an acquaintance said that her Denver-area church had sung the Guns N’ Roses’ hit “Paradise City” during its worship service. I considered those lyrics and wondered how they could inspire Christians. Sure, I see the universal longing for heaven in GNR’s words, but there’s “other stuff” […]

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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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Sucked Dry

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Vampires are draining. I just got finished watching a couple of episodes of CW’s The Vampire Diaries for a television review. Tonight, I’m going to a screening of Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant. Entertainment media is buzzing over the next onscreen appearance of über-angsty vampire Edward Cullen in The Twilight Saga: New Moon (coming […]

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Good ‘Citizen?’ Hardly.

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It’s Friday, and around here, that means it’s movie-review posting day. We’re in the doldrums of fall—the blockbusters of summer are long gone, and the Oscar-bait films of winter have yet to roll out—which means the theaters are filled with lots of cinematic oddities. And this Friday features a full-on quirk-fest. Where the Wild Things […]

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The Twitter Diet

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I don’t quite get Twitter. Perhaps it’s because I’m old and uncool. Perhaps it’s because I can’t say anything worthwhile in 140 characters or less. (Though, quite honestly, a few more characters wouldn’t help that problem much.) For me, though, Twitter just never made that much sense. Maybe I should change my tweeting tune, though. […]

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The Marketing of Mimi

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Back in August, we reported in “Culture Clips” that Mariah Carey’s new album would feature a 34-page advertorial insert co-sponsored by Elle magazine. Well, we’ve now reviewed Mariah’s latest (check it out here) and had a chance to look at the enhanced liner notes included with the album, Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel. Actually, mini-magazine […]

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