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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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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A Plugged In Conversation with Television Advocate Tim Winter

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Few inventions have reshaped culture the way television has. Since its mainstream emergence in the 1950s, television has both reflected cultural values and reinforced them, too. Since 1995, the Parents Television Council has sought to equip parents with information they need to better understand this medium’s influence, especially on children. The PTC has played strong […]

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A Culture Clips Blog of Fire and Ice

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In the days before the Internet, before television, before most people even knew how to read, there was the church. And Notre Dame, literally and artistically, towered above many. In his book The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Victor Hugo wrote that the cathedral was a “vast symphony in stone.” But it was more than that. […]

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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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What’s New and Streaming For Families in March

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Spring is right around the corner. Yep, good old March ushers in the sunny days of greening lawns, budding trees and blossoming flowers. Of course, it might also usher in an ice storm that’ll sweep the country and keep folks locked indoors all the way from Washington to Alabama. I mean, Alaska does hold the […]

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Religion on the Wane? NatGeo’s The Story of God Says Otherwise.

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It’s said that we’re living in a post-Christian society these days. Church attendance is declining. The number of Americans who claim no formal religious affiliation is growing. But does that mean that religion’s influence is fading? Not according to Morgan Freeman. “I’m not sure it’s correct to say that religion is on the wane in […]

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What’s New and Streaming for Families (and Couples) This February

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Candy hearts and flowers, boxes of chocolates, poorly read poetry: that’s all the stuff of Valentine’s Day and the month of February. Of course, another part of the sweetheart celebration is cuddling up with your sigh-worthy squeeze and sharing a romantic flick or two. So let’s see what’s streaming for this month for you discerning […]

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Culture Clips: Wake Up, the Super Bowl’s Over

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A football game of some import was played on Sunday, and lots of us watched it. But not as many as usual. According to Sports Illustrated, about 98.2 million folks tuned in to CBS’ broadcast of the Super Bowl. That’s a whole bunch of people to be sure, but it’s actually the smallest audience the […]

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