Did ‘Internet Evil’ Influence a Young Mass Murderer?

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A young man has once again unleashed murderous rage upon unsuspecting victims, this time in the hallowed halls of Charleston’s historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. And once again, a nation is trying to make sense of the crime. Given the online manifesto left behind by accused 21-year-old shooter Dylann Roof, it’s clear that his […]

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Miley Cyrus Has Become the Poster Child for Consent

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America’s sexual revolution has been underway for some time now. And at least as far back as 1967’s so-called “Summer of Love,” traditional and biblical understandings of the purpose and place of sexuality in our lives have been under open assault. But what began as a countercultural movement has in the ensuing decades become anything […]

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A Jurassic Connection

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Well, Jurassic World hit the big screen BIG. As we reported, it gobbled up the prize for “largest global first weekend box office ever” with an Indominus rex-sized $511 million plus change. And now, since nearly everybody in the country has either seen it, are planning on seeing it or have talked at length to […]

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Three Snapshots of TV’s Power to Change Us

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Media can impact culture in surprising ways. And I came across three stories recently that illustrate how television, in particular, informs and influences the way we see the world and interact with it. First, there’s the case of TV finales and the stock market. Would you think that there’s a correlation between the two? Turns […]

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Millennials, We Still Love Ya

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A few weeks ago, Philadelphia high school student Gillian Share-Raab wrote an article bemoaning her own obsession with technology for the Burlington County Times. She spoke passionately about her connection to (and her constant need to be connected with) her tech, and how it has taken a toll on her life. She writes: Now, my […]

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The Man Behind Bob and Larry Sounds Off On Today’s Media

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In 1993, Phil Vischer launched what became a hugely popular series for kids called VeggieTales. Back in 2009, we talked with him about VeggieTales, his new venture JellyTelly and the challenges of guiding kids through the entertainment culture. This time around, I wanted to talk with Vischer about the entertainment culture as a whole—and to […]

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My Name is Bob Waliszewski. And I’m a Phoneaholic.

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I haven’t attended any 12-step program yet. But it’s clear I need to. They say that the first challenge for any addict is to first admit they need help. Denial, it seems, is part and parcel to dependencies. That’s why I’m determined to air my dirty laundry and get it out in the open. I refuse […]

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Star Wars: The Memories Awaken

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In late May of 1977, my mom and I clambered into the cavernous back seat of our neighbors’ Chevrolet Caprice Classic wagon and headed downtown to see Star Wars at the palatial River Hills theater in Des Moines, Iowa. The opening scene is forever seared into my memory, and to this day I don’t think […]

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‘Dirty Deeds’ (Almost) Done for Real

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An ongoing controversy in the 1980s revolved around whether certain rock bands’ music inspired isolated, unstable listeners to commit heinous crimes. Perhaps the highest-profile of these cases was that of convicted serial killer Richard Ramirez. Ramirez, who came to be known as the “Night Stalker,” was convicted in 1989 for the murder of 13 people […]

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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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