Culture Clips: Why Do People Want to Be Scared for Fun?

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For most of us, being genuinely frightened is probably something we try to avoid in the real world. But when it comes to entertainment, the opposite is often true. Many people love being scared. Especially this time of year, the time when horror movies rule the multiplexes and haunted houses pop up in seemingly every […]

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Overcoming Your Biggest Fears with Gaming Technology

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What are you most scared of? Snakes? Spiders? Heights? If your phobias are the run-of-the-mill variety, there’s a very good chance you’re in luck. Why? Therapists are treating these sorts of fears now in the safety of their own offices—courtesy virtual reality gaming technology. Take the case of a man named Dick Tracey (not be […]

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Culture Clips: Heroes, Heels and Hacks

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It’s not easy to find heroes these days. So it was nice to see Drew Brees, quarterback for the New Orleans Saints and apparently all-around good guy, break the National Football League’s all-time passing mark this Monday night. Even better, though? His post-game interview. When the ESPN interviewer Lisa Salters asked Brees what he told […]

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Culture Clips: The Facebook Trauma Edition

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Perhaps it’s not exactly news anymore when Facebook announces a data breach. The ubiquitous social network has been as leaky as a perforated garden hose lately, so what’s another 50 million users? Still, it made the virtual front pages of a lot of virtual newspapers, and what might’ve gotten lost in the week’s Facebook headlines […]

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The Power of Film (Even a Very Short One)

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Recently, I had the privilege of being invited to be one of ten judges for the “Film Your Faith” video contest, sponsored by Faith Counts. Contestants submitted a two-minute video that somehow dealt with the subject of “faith.” The winner, Kyle Churchwell, who created a film called “Faith is Knowing,” got a healthy $20,000 prize. […]

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What Brought Down Bill Cosby? Social Media.

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Bill Cosby, one-time comedian, actor, Jell-O salesman and “America’s Dad,” is spending another night in prison—his home for the next three to 10 years, according to the sentence passed down by Judge Steven T. O’Neill. “It is time for justice, Mr. Cosby,” O’Neill said. “This has all circled back to you. The time has come.” […]

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Culture Clips: Apple’s Streaming Service Will Be Family-Friendly and … Religion Free?

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Television has trended toward more explicit content for decades. With the arrival of Netflix, Amazon and Hulu—as well as the cultural ascendance of shows on premium cable networks such as HBO—that trend seems to be accelerating. Even shows where you might have expected producers to dial things down—like, say, Amazon’s new Tom Clancy-inspired series Jack […]

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What Does the Bible Say About Entertainment?

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The Plugged In team has spent quite a lot of time lately strategizing what Plugged In will look like in the next five to 10 years. We’ve pounded out our mission and vision statements (again). We’ve bantered about the outreaches we currently have, and how they might be even more effective, now and in the […]

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Lots of Winners at the Emmys, But Families Were the Losers

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Did you watch the Emmys? If so you’re one of a select few. Television’s annual awards gala posted a 7.4 rating—which might not mean much to you, but it’s apparently a 10% drop from the previous year and puts the viewership bar at an all-time low. Like, don’t-try-to-limbo-under-that-sucker low. Some will naturally point to the […]

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Culture Clips: Is Everything Contagious?

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Independence is hardwired into the American consciousness. We rugged individualists like to think that we, alone, determine what we like and dislike, do and don’t do, value and shun. We want to believe we’re not influenced by others’ opinions and choices. Not by media or pop culture. Certainly not by trends or peer pressure. Nope. […]

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