Culture Clips: Thrones and Zombies and Doctors, Oh My!

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Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones just roared back for its seventh season. And any way you want to slice it, HBO’s graphic fantasy series (based on George R.R. Martin’s books) is bigger than ever. For starters, this season’s Thrones debut racked up the most viewers ever for the series, a whopping 16.1 million according to HBO (a […]

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Pokémon Go’s Influence a Year Later

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Plugged In’s coverage of video games typically leans in a cautionary direction. (As does, frankly, our coverage of other entertainment media as well.) For years, our weekly Culture Clips feature has documented what social scientists have observed about the influence of video games. Though we’ve commented on both positive and negative impacts of games on […]

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Culture Clips: Game of Thrones Conquers Millions, Facebook Billions

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Game of Thrones

Winter is coming. In, like, about five and a half months or something. In the meantime, HBO’s Game of Thrones is coming, too. Its seventh season begins July 16. The show has become about the closest thing to “must-see TV” in today’s fragmented television landscape: Time tossed it on its cover this week and called […]

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Steve Allen is No Longer With Us. His Wisdom Still Is.

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About 64 years ago this month, announcer/comedian Steve Allen began hosting a little 40-minute program on New York’s WNBT-TV. It was called The Steve Allen Show at first, but when NBC decided to pick up the program and take it nationally the following year, the network renamed it Tonight Starring Steve Allen. After Steve Allen […]

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Culture Clips: The Blow Out Those Virtual Candles Edition

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If you’re reading this on an iPhone, pause a minute and wish your device a happy birthday. It officially turns 10 on June 29. (Well, not your phone, of course. If your phone is turning 10, you may want to look at your wireless contract.) The original iPhone revolutionized the tech industry and transformed the […]

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Culture Clips: The ‘It’s Tough to Be Famous’ Edition

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Ah, celebrity, that fickle bestie of the entertainment world. One minute, you’re all, like, hangin’ out together at posh banquets, dressed to the nines and accepting awards. The next you’re wondering what’s the point of awards at all. “All the awards shows are fake,” singer (and frequent award winner) Katy Perry told The New York […]

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Culture Clips: An MTV Writer Critiques Christian Movies

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God's Not Dead 2

Many, if not most, Christian filmmakers long to reach out to those beyond the faithful fold with their films. It’s a laudable goal. And a biblical one. I’m sure that most of those earnest Christian directors could tell stories about how their movies have impacted viewers, likely leading some to embrace Jesus for the first […]

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DC’s Superheroes are Super Spiritual

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Wonder Woman isn’t just a pretty good superhero flick. It’s pretty spiritual, too. And it’s not just me saying that (though I did). Last Friday, Adam Holz linked to several stories that called out the film’s Christ symbolism and compared Wonder Woman’s clash with god-o’-war Ares with Christ’s temptation in the wilderness. All these messages […]

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Wonder Woman: The Hero We Didn’t Even Know We Were Waiting For

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In our fractured cultural moment, the new movie Wonder Woman has accomplished something remarkable: It’s given us a story that resonates with viewers across the ideological, philosophical and spiritual spectrum. Perhaps not since Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy has a superhero movie generated so many think-piece articles about critical issues such as the nature of […]

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Culture Clips: The Kids Aren’t All Right

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More and more young people are struggling with suicidal thoughts and actually taking their own lives, according to recent research reported by USA Today. The suicide rate for children ages 10 to 14 doubled between 2007 and 2014, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And a new Vanderbilt study that analyzed data […]

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Culture Clips: Why Are Political Dramas Tanking?

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Have American viewers grown weary of fictional political dramas on TV? The answer seems to be yes, according to a Huffpost article analyzing declining ratings for the genre. Writer Stephanie Marcus notes that virtually every politically themed series—including Scandal, The Americans, Homeland, Madame Secretary, Quantico and Designated Survivor—has seen viewership decline since the election of […]

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