Plugged In Author: Paul Asay

Paul Asay has been writing for Plugged In since 2007 and loves superheroes and finding God in unexpected places. In addition, Paul has also written several books, with his newest—Burning Bush 2.0—recently published by Abingdon Press. When Paul’s not reviewing movies, he hikes with his wife, Wendy, runs marathons with his grown kids, Colin and Emily, and beats back unruly houseplants. Follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.

Culture Clips: The Hunt for the Truth

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A swath of horrific violence across the United States may have claimed another victim—albeit one few families will weep over: The Hunt. The Universal Pictures movie, which (according to its trailer) depicts a wealthy group of elitists literally hunting down and killing people called “deplorables,” was shelved Aug. 10, with a Universal spokesman saying in […]

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With MAD Magazine Gone, is the Future of Satire … Christian?

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MAD Magazine, after 67 years of serving as America’s gap-toothed jester-king of satire, is no more. Oh, it’s not completely gone. Its creators say a year-end issue will come out (presumably at year’s end), along with the occasional special collection. But its days as an entertainment/cultural bellweather and influencer is done. Make no mistake, MAD […]

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Tech Tuesday: Make Money at Home! Play Fortnite!

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This just in: Fortnite Battle Royale, the wildly popular online shooter game, isn’t as wildly popular as it once was. Part of that dip is apparently the fault of Fortnite itself: Players were disgruntled with the tweaks made to the game in recent weeks and moved away from it—at least temporarily. But simple game fatigue […]

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Tech Tuesday: What’s the Real King in The Lion King? Technology.

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The original Lion King, released in 1994, was a cartoon of the highest order—perhaps traditional Disney 2D animation at its peak. Hand-drawn manes flowed in the animated breeze, and a generation of families flocked to theaters to watch young Simba reclaim his birthright. The film made nearly $1 billion worldwide, which makes it—even 25 years […]

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House of Lies

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With Love Island, a sleazy British dating show making its stateside debut on CBS recently, television viewers have been reminded of an important truth: Reality TV is just the worst. Is that a fair statement? Most of us instinctively think it is. We think about Big Brother or RuPaul’s Drag Race or even The Radkes, […]

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Culture Clips: The Upside Down Edition

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Netflix will face some pretty serious challenges in the coming months. Right after NBCUniversal announced that it’ll pull The Office from the popular streaming site when its contract runs out (in 2021), Time Warner chimed in and said it’ll yank another wildly popular sitcom, Friends, in 2020 and slap it on HBO Max. Forbes’ Stephen […]

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Spider-Man Swings to No. 1

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Last week, I asked this question: Will superhero fans still flock to see a post-Endgame web-slinger? Answer: Yes. Boy howdy, yes. Spider-Man: Far From Home, the first movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to land in theaters since the MCU’s climactic Avengers: Endgame, has earned a huge $185.1 million since its unusual Tuesday opening. That’s […]

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Tech Tuesday: How Do You Solve a Problem Like Big Tech?

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Are you worried about how Facebook or Google might be using their information about you? If so, you’ve got company. According to an IBD/TIPP poll released just yesterday, 89% of us worry that huge tech companies such as Facebook, Amazon, Google and Apple will misuse the reams of personal data they collect. Nearly as many […]

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