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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The Rising Prevalence of Podcasting

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They’re everywhere, those little white knobs that rest ever so gently in the ears. They used to have leashes, locked into mobile pocket computers. Now they are free, cordless earbuds unbound by the manacles of rubber and silicone. With sales projected to skyrocket within the next couple of years, cordless earbuds have rapidly become the […]

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Culture Clips: Too Smart For Our Own Good?

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We’ve been inundated with anniversaries both happy and sad this weekend. Both Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett died on June 25, 2009—almost exactly a decade ago. Nicholas Sparks fans will be toasting the 15th anniversary of The Notebook. The 1989 version of Batman (you know, the one with Michael Keaton) recently celebrated its 30th anniversary—and […]

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Culture Clips: The Currency of Social Media. Literally.

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Facebook has always been a go-to social media site to spend time—and sometimes way too much of it. Now, it’s hoping to give you something else to spend: its own cryptocurrency. That’s right, Mark Zuckerberg and Co. hope to create a bitcoin-like digital monetary system called Libra. And it’s partnering with businesses such as PayPal, […]

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Culture Clips: Serving Up Some Curry

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Basketball fans know that the Golden State Warriors—the NBA’s latest and, some say, greatest dynasty—are hanging onto their collective throne by their fingernails. They barely won Game 5 on Monday, pushing the series back to Golden State’s home court. If the Warriors lose, it means we won’t be seeing much of superstar Stephen Curry for, […]

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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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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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Entertainment, Media and Mental Health: Psychoanalysis on the Screen

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This is the second 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, Kristin Smith discussed how celebrities are increasingly open about their own struggles with anxiety and depression, giving their fans permission to do the […]

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Culture Clips: Tune In, Turn On and Drop Out

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Yes, the fate of Westeros has been decided (at least on HBO). Fans know that Game of Thrones’ famed Iron Throne was [spoiler warning] claimed, technically, by no one: The dragon Drogon immolated the world’s most uncomfortable chair. But according to some, the throne might not the only thing that was torched Sunday night. Some […]

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Game of … Critics?

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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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Entertainment, Media and Mental Health: Celebs Speak Out

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Editor’s Note: If you’ve read anything from us here at Plugged In within the last few months, you’ve probably stumbled across an article or two that deals with mental health. Some have asked why this is such a big deal. Let me tell you. First, statistics show that mental health issues are on the rise, […]

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Culture Clips: The Dumb Side Effects of Smartphones

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You have a smartphone, right? Well, put it down. Right now. (Unless, of course, you’re reading this on your phone. In which case, finish reading, send us money and then put it down.) Because—news flash—our phones can mess with our real-world lives and relationships something awful. I know, I know. We’ve said this sort of […]

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‘I Did It Funny for Funny.’ A Conversation With the Late Tim Conway

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Tim Conway could make you weep in the very best of ways. The comedian, who died today at the age of 85, did it all the time on The Carol Burnett Show, where Conway rose to fame. His knack for improvisation, deadpan delivery and comic timing made his castmates, especially Harvey Korman, laugh until they […]

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Culture Clips: Goodbye Hello

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Goodbyes are hard. We’ve had to say a bunch of them lately, from Boyz in the Hood director John Singleton, who died late last month, to 7-foot-3 Peter Mayhew, who played Chewbacca in most of Star Wars films and died last Thursday. Christians mourned the passing of Rachel Held Evans, an influential evangelical author whose […]

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Can a TV Show Kill? It’s a Complicated Question.

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Underneath the reviews, the blog posts, the vodcasts and Twitter missives, Plugged In is built on one basic premise: Media matters. The entertainment we consume—the stories we watch and read and listen to and play—impact us deeply, and on levels we might not fully realize. Obviously, the relationship between entertainment and its real-world impact is […]

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