Plugged In Author: Adam Holz

Culture Clips: Rock’s Inescapable Decline

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“Rock is dead!” That opinion has been bouncing around the culture practically since the rowdy genre was born. The Who actually had an unreleased album titled Rock Is Dead—Long Live Rock all the way back in 1972—just as the genre was really blossoming. I’m not going to suggest that rock is dead. Not literally, at […]

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The Spiritual Lessons in Felicity Huffman’s Confession

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Public figures—be they actors, musicians, politicians or athletes—sometimes make poor choices. And sometimes they have to face the consequences. Over the last seven months, we’ve watched one such moral scandal play out in the media. Actresses Felicity Huffman (Desperate Housewives, Get Shorty) and Lori Laughlin (Fuller House, When Calls the Heart) were among a group […]

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A Plugged In Conversation With Skillet’s John Cooper

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Skillet has spent more than two decades pumping out hard rock delivering a two-part message: Life can be hard, but God is faithful. That theme is evident again on the band’s 10th studio album, Victorious. Recently, Skillet’s high-energy road show rolled through the Rocky Mountains, and my son and I had a chance to go […]

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Skillet Frontman Asks, ‘What in God’s Name Is Happening to Christianity?’

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Sometimes the truth hurts. It hurts because we’re forced to confront something about life or about ourselves that’s uncomfortable, maybe even painful. That doesn’t feel good. Increasingly, though, mainstream culture is veering away from telling hard truths. Especially those that make anyone feel uncomfortable. And for many, emotions have become the path to their subjective, […]

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Spider-Man: Far From Relinquishing No. 1

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Another weekend. Another superhero movie on top. Spider-Man: Far From Home faced little real competition during its second weekend in theaters. Oh sure, there were a couple new R-rated films at the multiplex (which I’ll get to in a minute). But they were never going to challenge Marvel’s red-and-blue icon for box-office supremacy. Result? The […]

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Culture Clips: Apple Deletes iTunes

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Once upon a time, we bought CDs. (And before that, cassettes, vinyl records and, yup, even 8-tracks for a hot minute in the mid-’70s.) But that list illustrates an inescapable reality: Music formats eventually become obsolete. CDs, while not technically extinct, have given way over the last two decades to digital music-streaming platforms such as […]

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Movie Monday: Godzilla, King of the Box Office

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For a radioactive lizard who’s now technically eligible for retirement, Godzilla still knows how to get his stomp on. It’s been 65 years since Gojira (as he’s known in Japan) first tore through Tokyo. Thirty-five films later, moviegoers still pony up to see him square off against his always-angry kaiju nemeses. Godzilla: King of the […]

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Entertainment, Media and Mental Health: The Influence of Social Media

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This is the third part of a three-part series examining the connection between our entertainment/media culture and mental health, the latter of which is a growing problem for America’s youth. Last week, Paul Asay unpacked the ways that movies and TV depict characters struggling with mental illness. This week, we focus on what researchers are […]

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Culture Clips: What Do You Do With Your Phone at Night?

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You’ve finished your day’s tasks. Maybe you’ve relaxed a bit. Your eyes are getting heavy, and it’s time for bed. What do you do with your phone? It’s a peculiarly contemporary question, really. Before the advent of smartphones (and, to a lesser extent, texting) you’d probably only think to keep your phone nearby if you […]

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Game of … Critics?

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Game of Critics

To paraphrase something Bruce Banner once said, “Don’t make the fans angry. You wouldn’t like them when they’re angry.” Since the advent of social media, fans have increasingly had an online outlet to express their euphoria in glorious, crowd-pleasing moments—and to vent their white-hot, dragon-fire rage when their beloved franchises veer in directions they deem […]

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