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.

The Human Nature of iHobo

Hobo. This now politically incorrect term—once commonly used to refer to the homeless—hasn’t seen much daylight since back when my grandfather was dropping coins into some guy’s tin cup. But as the saying goes, everything old is new again. And that renewal sometimes raises interesting, and in some ways unintentional, questions. A new iPhone app […]

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Twittering Tween Tantwums

I’m not sure if it’s been caused by the overabundance of hormones in their McDonald’s burgers, the excessive sugar in their school cafeteria soft drinks or the invasive radiation constantly emanating from their cell phones, but tween and teen girls have truly gone jump-the-shark wiggie. And it all seems to somehow be connected to this […]

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Anti-Tech … Me?

Lately, I’ve gotten some comments that my blogs are becoming pretty anti-technology—that I’m ready to blame all the evils of the world on our quickly progressing tech. But that couldn’t be farther from the truth. No, no no. Believe me, you won’t find me sitting on my front porch, cane in hand, spitting out grumpy […]

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‘Til Death Do Us Tweet

Hey guys, if you’re looking for a unique way to pop the question to that special someone but skydiving makes your nose bleed and you’re afraid the old ring-in-the-champagne routine could require a Heimlich maneuver, you can always follow Greg Rewis’ example and just Tweet her. Yep, when proposing to his gal, Greg just whipped […]

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One More Rage to Worry About

“I think this is probably the first case of text rage we’ve ever seen,” Broward County (Fla.) Sheriff Al Lamberti told ABC News. “We’ve had road rage before, but never text rage.” Yep, you heard him right, rage facilitated by texting. It appears that instant connectivity has opened the door for a new form of […]

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Plugging the Morality Meter

It may seem common-sensical to you that sending a digital naked picture of yourself to a friend might not actually be such a good idea, or that texting a constant stream of obnoxious, hateful messages could tick somebody off. But I guess some teens need a little help understanding that. According to a study recently […]

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Gambling With Chatroulette

In the ever-changing terrain of online social networks, there seems to be a new chat-tweet-skype-till-you-drop Internet craze popping up just about, oh, every 15 seconds or so. One of the latest rages grabbing everybody’s water cooler gab time is something called “extreme social networking.” Haven’t heard of it? It’s an experience delivered through a Website […]

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Academy Award Flubs and Snubs

Will the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences get it right this year and pick the best picture for Best Picture? Well … let’s just say they don’t have the greatest track record. Just for fun, let’s try a little pop quiz to test your memory. Do any of you remember the movie How […]

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Movie Monday: Shutter Island

As stormy and dark as Shutter Island is, it seemed to be the place to be this past weekend. The ominous, R-rated insane asylum thriller blew a kiss to star-laden Valentine’s Day as it rushed past with hurricane force—netting a whopping $40.2 million and the top of the box office. This was the biggest opening […]

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Romantic Pic Tips

All right. You’ve got the flowers. You’ve got the candy. But now you’re searching for a great old movie that you can surprise your sweety with for Valentine’s Day. I say great old movie because, let’s face it, watching some of the new romantic comedies can be like spending the evening stretched out on a […]

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Words to Live By

I wanted to share a couple recent cultural happenings that you may not be aware of. Frank Buckles had a birthday. And singer Ke$ha knocked Susan Boyle off the No.1 spot on the album sales charts. Now, you may not have heard of either of these two people. Or, if you have, you may be […]

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A Sweet, Salty Facebook Tale

I’ve never really been a social network supporter. It’s all seemed kind of silly to me, really. Just thinking about the idea of MySpace and Facebook took up more time than I wanted to spend. My philosophy has always been pretty straight-forward: Why waste my life reading notes from someone on the other side of […]

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