Plugged In Author: Bob Hoose

Bob Hoose is a senior associate editor for Plugged In, a producer/writer for Focus on the Family’s Adventures in Odyssey, a writer of plays and musicals and one-half of the former comedy/drama duo Custer & Hoose. He is a husband, father of three and a relatively new granddad.

There’s No Nicotine in Social Media, So Why are You Puffing so Hard?

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Who wrote this? We are in the business of relaxing people who are tense and providing a pick-up for people who are bored or depressed. The human needs that our product fills will not go away. Thus, the only real threat to our business is that society will find other means of satisfying those needs. […]

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10 Mind-Blowing Gadgets Unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show


The Consumer Electronics Show for 2020 has come and gone. And, of course, it brought with it a wide assortment of gigantic TVs, foldable phones, futuristic computers and robotic wonders: All the sorts of things you’d expect when the words “consumer” and “electronics” show up in the same sentence. But instead of talking about the […]

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What’s Streaming for Families in January 2020

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Happy New Year! Here we are tippy toeing into a brand-new year and decade. That’s right, the 2010s are over—10 years that saw the birth of the iPad and meat dresses; witnessed royal weddings and Gangnam Style dancing; and gave us everything from ice-bucket challenges to the legalization of same-sex marriage to fidget spinners. And […]

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The Beauty of Christmas Movies … in Black and White

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With family driving in, the hearth glowing and the spirit of the yuletide warming the cockles of your heart, there are probably times when you stop and think, “You know, a fun little Christmas movie might be fun tonight!” That’s exactly what my fellow Plugged In colleagues were doing a day or so ago. And […]

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Game Goods 2019: Bob Hoose’s Year-End Picks


Yes, it’s December and time for Plugged In to wheel out its end-of-the-year “Best Of” lists. And in the gaming category, that’s not an easy call—not because there’s too little to choose from, but too much: I reviewed a pretty heavily populated crowd of fun games this year. But fear not, we’ve culled the crowd […]

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Fifty Years of Sesame Street and the Internet: Which Hurt My Kids More?


OK, so this blog’s title is a little click-baity, but it’s still worth thinking about for a bit. The Internet and Sesame Street are both celebrating their golden 50th. They popped into being back in the fall of 1969 (on Oct. 29 and Nov. 10 respectively). Each required years of planning and hard work. Their […]

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What’s Streaming in November 2019 (a.k.a. Disney+ Streams Your Childhood)

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The holidays are blowing in quickly—along with snow days, fall breaks and all those outlier relatives who tend to show up for free meals and presents—so your thoughts may have already turned to: How do we keep the kids and my unibrowed Uncle Harry entertained? Well, I’ve got a good news/bad news scenario for you. […]

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When Videogames Go to School

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It wasn’t that long ago that everybody from parents to clergymen to U.S. senators were all aflutter about the kid-destroying characteristics of videogames. These days, however, its not so much parents screaming at the kids to turn off the videogames as it is parents urging them to sharpen their button-mashing skills. You know, so they […]

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Online “Swatting:” A Prank That’s No Laughing Matter


We don’t often think about gaming and online shenanigans leading to anything truly dangerous. But it turns out that in the right situation, those pursuits can lead to jail time and even someone’s death! Say what? NBC News recently reported on a terrible and deadly event that involved something called “swatting”—the tactic of contacting police […]

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What’s Streaming for Families in October (2019)

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When October rolls around it’s perfectly reasonable to think that your movie streaming choices might be a little limited. I mean it is monster movie season. (Grrrrowl. Arrrgh!) But while there are scores of terrifying demon nuns, wall-crawling beasties and little boys whispering, “I see dead people” to be seen on your movie streaming site […]

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Tech Tuesday: The Biggest Problem With Online Gaming? Us.

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They say numbers don’t lie. And if that’s true, then the online gaming world may have a problem on its hands, especially in light of a new study by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). Before you throw up your hands and digitally turn away grumbling about studies, let me pile on a whole bunch of numbers […]

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