Plugged In Author: Adam Holz

Adam R. Holz is a senior associate editor for Plugged In. He also writes for Focus on the Family’s Clubhouse magazine and has been a Boundless contributor. In his free time (which there is sometimes precious little of) Adam enjoys playing guitar and constructing LEGO kits with his son. Adam and his wife, Jennifer, are the proud parents, in fact, of three children, one boy and two girls.

Culture Clips: Why Do People Want to Be Scared for Fun?

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For most of us, being genuinely frightened is probably something we try to avoid in the real world. But when it comes to entertainment, the opposite is often true. Many people love being scared. Especially this time of year, the time when horror movies rule the multiplexes and haunted houses pop up in seemingly every […]

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Did ’80s Movies Reinforce Rape Culture?

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Some of us who grew up in the ’80s likely have fond memories of John Hughes’ “classic” teen movies: Sixteen Candles. Breakfast Club. Or maybe we recall how much we loved Back to the Future. Or Ghostbusters. Say Anything. Or Big. Now, all of those movies have some content issues, from a Plugged In perspective. […]

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Culture Clips: Apple’s Streaming Service Will Be Family-Friendly and … Religion Free?

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Television has trended toward more explicit content for decades. With the arrival of Netflix, Amazon and Hulu—as well as the cultural ascendance of shows on premium cable networks such as HBO—that trend seems to be accelerating. Even shows where you might have expected producers to dial things down—like, say, Amazon’s new Tom Clancy-inspired series Jack […]

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‘Hey, Do You Guys Review Netflix Movies?’

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Yes. That’s the short answer to the question in the title—and a question we’ve been hearing from our readers more and more frequently, I might add. The long answer is slightly, um, longer. Netflix, of course, continues to challenge both the TV- and movie-distribution paradigms. The streaming service, along with others such as Amazon and […]

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Culture Clips: Is Everything Contagious?

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Independence is hardwired into the American consciousness. We rugged individualists like to think that we, alone, determine what we like and dislike, do and don’t do, value and shun. We want to believe we’re not influenced by others’ opinions and choices. Not by media or pop culture. Certainly not by trends or peer pressure. Nope. […]

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Why the Eagles Passing Michael Jackson Is Worth a Blog

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For pretty much my entire adult life, it’s been common knowledge that Michael Jackson’s seminal 1982 album Thriller was the best-selling record (remember those?) of all time. Well, now it’s not. According to new sales and streaming tallies by the Recording Industry Association of America, Thriller’s been dethroned by the Eagles. That band’s 1976 album, […]

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Culture Clips: “Mom, Where’s My Bulletproof Backpack?”

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It’s back-to-school time. That means school supplies. Pencils? Check. Erasers? Yup. Trapper Keepers? (Oh wait, it’s not the ’80s anymore. Oh wait again, they have new ones now? And vintage ones sell for big bucks? Who knew?) Bulletproof backpack? Check.   Now, that sounds like something your teen might find while scavenging for useful gear […]

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Culture Clips: Adults Spend 11 Hours Daily on Screens!?

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Does it feel like screens are eating your life? Maybe they are. At least, metaphorically speaking. In the first quarter of 2018, the data hawks over at Nielsen report that the average American adult spent an average of 11 hours and 6 minutes a day watching screens. (And for those really good at math, that […]

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Reflections on Demi Lovato’s Relapse

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As we reported in Culture Clips on Wednesday, singer and actress Demi Lovato was hospitalized after reportedly overdosing this week. It’s another deeply sad moment in the career of a young woman—Lovato is just 25—who has been in similarly desperate places before. Lovato has long been open about her struggles, serving as a role model […]

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Equalizer 2 Takes out Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

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Movie audiences preferred visceral vigilante violence to ABBA-themed sentimentality over the weekend. Denzel Washington’s R-rated sequel The Equalizer 2 knocked off Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again in a bit of a surprise finish. Specifically, The Equalizer 2 pulled in an estimated $35.8 million compared to Mamma’s $34.4 million. (Both of those figures, for the […]

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Vodcast: How Does Parenthood Change Our View of the Media?

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Parenthood is full of surprises, no matter how much we try to prepare for everything before the arrival of our firstborn. One of those surprises may be the ways becoming a parent changes how we see the world. And that includes entertainment and media. In this week’s Plugged In Vodcast, Kristin Smith, Bob Hoose and […]

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Culture Clips: State of the Teens, Summer 2018 Edition

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Are the kids alright? It’s a question that many in our culture return to again and again. Rightly so: Today’s children represent the future of our society. But while the question itself seems a simple one, answers almost never are. And so it is today. The news about what’s happening with young people—mostly teens, but […]

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Hotel Transylvania 3 Takes a Bite out of the Box Office

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Vampires never seem to get old. That’s true of the immortal undead creatures themselves. (Well, mostly.) And it seems to be true of movies starring them as well. Drac’s back again this week, taking a bite out of the box office (though, thankfully, nothing else) in Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation. Sony’s surprisingly family-focused threequel […]

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