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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Tech Tuesday: The Joys and Potential Strife of Discord

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WhatsApp, Slack, Messenger, etc. etc. We’ve seen seemingly scores of free chat platforms that offer personal and corporate access to online conversations via text, voice and video. You can’t flip a digital coin without hitting at least a couple chat apps in the virtual ether. But if your kids are into videogames (and how many […]

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Pokémon Goes to Sleep

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Three years ago, something of Wailord proportions hit the gaming world: Pokémon Go launched on smartphones. And not only did that release reinvigorate and revolutionize Nintendo’s gotta-catch-’em-all franchise, it pretty much singlehandedly put augmented reality on every gamers map. In a heartbeat, there were kids and adults walking around looking for Pokémon in their school […]

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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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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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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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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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Is This the New VR We’ve Been Waiting For?

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Virtual reality is still a relatively new technology. But let’s face it, VR gaming systems such as the Occulus Rift and the PlayStation VR set have been around long enough that they’re starting to feel kinda old hat. They’re cool, and all, but we’re really wondering when that next big thing will happen. When do […]

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Culture Clips: Want Tickets to Avengers: Endgame? Just Sell Your Car

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How much would you pay to see a movie? Ten bucks? Fifteen? Wait for it to hit Redbox and $1.75? How ‘bout $10,000? That’s how much opening-weekend tickets for Avengers: Endgame are going for on eBay in some places, according to Fandango.com. And while that might seem a bit overpriced, get this: Someone spent $15,000 […]

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Forget Ghosts and Goblins and Things that Go Bump in the Night. What’s Really Scary? Technology.

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E-mail inboxes are like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get. Sometimes it’s recipes from your grandma. Sometimes it’s ads from furniture outlets begging you to buy a coffee table. Sometimes it’s notifications from Nigerian princes, telling you you’re wealthy beyond your wildest dreams. And every once in a while, you […]

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Culture Clips: Happy Birthday, World Wide Web! Time To Grow Up!

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Yes, it’s time to trot out the cake, light the candles and sing happy birthday to something we all know and, sometimes, love. That’s right, the World Wide Web turns 30 this month! But its father, while proud of his techno-progeny, thinks his creation has a little growing up to do. Tim Berners-Lee, who proposed […]

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Culture Clips: How Dirty Is Your Phone? Dirty. REALLY Dirty.

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So much to cover this week. So let’s dive in with some nasty news about the device many of you are probably using to read these words right now: your phone. If you’ve ever wondered how dirty it is—as in, how much bacteria calls your precious smartphone home—the answer is really dirty. In fact, experts […]

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Culture Clips: Justin & Hailey Talk Abstinence & Marriage

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Justin Bieber has headlined Culture Clips (and other Plugged In blogs and articles) many times in the last decade. His wildly zigzagging trajectory has often ricocheted between affirmations of faith and reckless behavior. The 24-year-old singer married model and TV presenter Hailey Baldwin last July. And the couple recently sat down for an interview with […]

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Super Bowl Ads Reveal a Brave, New, Digital World

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“I watch the Super Bowl for the ads,” some say. And this year, those folks might’ve been some of the few who actually enjoyed it. (Why yes, I was rooting for the Rams. Why do you ask?) While football fans were treated to a 13-3 victory by the New England Patriots, commercial fans were treated […]

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