Culture Clips: This Email Will Self-Destruct …

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“This tape will self-destruct in five seconds.” Mission Impossible fans will, of course, recognize that iconic line from the original 1960s and ’70s TV series. (And, of course, the franchise’s amped-up Tom Cruise reboot since then.) We don’t use tape much anymore, obviously, but Google seems to have something similar in mind with its latest […]

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Avengers: The Spirituality Behind the Superheroes

Avengers Infinity War

This weekend, Avengers: Infinity War will roll into theaters worldwide. It’s kind of a big deal. Infinity War, wherein an array of Marvel superheroes will try to prevent the evil Thanos from collecting super-powerful galactic artifacts known as Infinity Stones, is the culmination (along with next year’s untitled fourth Avengers flick) of a decade-long journey […]

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Vodcast: Our Love/Hate Relationship With Romcoms

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In our newest vodcast, I sit down with Paul Asay and talk about my favorite movie genre: Romantic comedies. Paul isn’t a diehard fan, but he did have some things to say about how these sorts of movies have the ability to influence us as children and adults. So click on the vid below and […]

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Culture Clips: The Rock Is Dead, Rap Reigns Edition

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Rock is dead. Rap reigns. So say music charts, YouTube views, Spotify play lists and Washington Post contributor Marc Weingarten. His opinion piece yesterday, “Sorry, rock fans. Hip-hop is the only genre that matters right now,” unpacks the significance of rapper Kendrick Lamar winning this year’s Pulitzer Prize for music. Though rock fans may be […]

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Uncool, CinnamonToastKen

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Emma Jenkins has nearly 32,000 followers on her YouTube channel. She, like most folks with a YouTube channel, talks about what she likes. And that, it turns out, includes Jesus. CinnamonToastKen has nearly 3 million followers on his YouTube channel. He, also, talks about what he likes. And that, its turns out, includes making fun […]

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Rampage Rocks Box Office, But Quiet Place Keeps Rolling

Rampage

Movies don’t get much different from each other than Rampage and A Quiet Place. The former, based on a 1990s-era video game, is dumb, loud fun built on gigantic monsters and CGI explosions and, oh yeah, the bulky charisma of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. A Quiet Place is, well, a quieter movie—an intelligent horror thriller […]

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A Real Hope Instead of a Virtual One

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The movie Ready Player One imagines a near-future so bad that everyone living in it regularly escapes into a totally immersive virtual reality experience known as OASIS. Obviously, that word implies relief, parching one’s thirst in a dry land.  But over the course of the film, young hero Wade Watts makes a startling discovery: The […]

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Culture Clips: The Unliking Facebook Edition

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Ah, Facebook. Welcome back, old friend. We’ve seen quite a bit of you these days—well, in our Culture Clips blog, at least. Every time I visit you myself, you ask me to tell you my social security number and demand that I vote for Vladimir Putin for our local school board. Well, maybe that’s stretching […]

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Facebook Upside Your Head

Teens and Facebook

In spite of all the bad press Facebook has gotten lately over leaking-like-a-sieve privacy concerns, it seems that the youthful set is still flocking regularly to that social media stopover and other venues like it. The latest compiled numbers from sources such as the Associated Press and the Pew Research Center suggest that: Nearly 90% […]

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