Why I Like ‘The Interview’

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Still from The Interview

We talk a lot at Plugged In about how influential movies can be in our lives. But rarely do we see one cause an international incident. The Interview was supposed to be a silly, throwaway R-rated comedy—counter programming to the slew of high-prestige Oscar hopefuls trundling out this month. I mean, the flick stars Seth Rogen […]

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What Does the Internet Say About Us?

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Mobile web shopping illustration concept

Even though the Internet has been around a relatively short while, people often pontificate about what this digital domain says about us. And that’s a complicated question, isn’t it? The Internet, after all, is such a vast collection of disparate bits, pieces, raves and rants. So what couldit possibly say about its creators? Well, when […]

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What Tim Lambesis Is Learning Now That He’s Away From the Cacophony

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I don’t often think very much about metalcore music. If I’m listening to it (usually for this job), it’s kinda hard to think at all, brain-rattling as it is. And when I’m not listening to it (usually for everything else), I can’t seem to remember what I’m supposed to have learned from it while I […]

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Kim K.’s Unlikely Invitation to an Important Conversation

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I spend a lot of time in my job on the Internet, observing what’s happening in the news and popular culture. Here at Plugged In, we pay especially close attention to how entertainment is influencing our society in general and young people in particular. Sometimes that means we have to engage—or are at least be […]

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What in the World Did He Just Sing? Or, How Plugged In Reviews Music

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Each week here at Plugged In, I review at least one music track and an album. And that can actually be kind of a tricky thing. Because music is such a deeply personal medium—in fact, I’d argue that music might just be the entertainment category that fans identify with the most fervently—we regularly get questions […]

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Introducing … Movie Nights! (Though Somehow That Seems Like a Familiar Name)

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A couple of weeks ago, online journalist/blogger Martyn Wendall Jones of Christ & Pop Culture shared what he called a “found poem” composed entirely of lines from Plugged In movie reviews. Here’s an excerpt: John is injected with a drug that renders him unconscious.A small group of twentysomethings seems to be high.We see the hole in […]

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‘I Didn’t Even Notice’

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The Entertainment We Consume Becomes a Part of Who We Are

Not long ago, someone sent me an article by the Rev. Craig Groeschel (senior pastor of LifeChurch.tv) titled “What’s the Big &%#*! Deal about Profanity?” What impressed me about the article was how eloquently he discussed the need for Christians to be discerning when it comes to their entertainment. For me, it was like reading […]

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