The Difference a Teen Mom Makes

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Recently, a new report called “The Millennials, Religion, and Abortion Survey” was released by the Public Religion Research Institute. It’s being characterized as one of the largest surveys ever to measure the relationships between people’s moral and spiritual values and their views on abortion. In addition to correlating young people’s views on abortion with demographic […]

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The Finals and Me, Me, Me

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Generally speaking, Plugged In doesn’t wade into the happenings of the sports world. Occasionally, though, something happens in that realm that’s worthy of our scrutiny. And a story that played out earlier this week offers a fascinating example of a trend that’s increasingly prevalent in our culture, the trend toward narcissism. Like millions of others […]

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Family Media Surprise

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For generations, parents have told their kids, “Shut off the TV and go outside!” And in the last decade or so, we can add iPods, the Internet, cell phones and video games to the “Turn it off!” list as well. But a recent study from The Barna Group (a Christian research and polling firm) suggests […]

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Movie Monday: Super Bummer Weekend

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It was a middling weekend at the box office—both in terms of the offerings moviegoers might hope to find there and the returns those films generated. Steven Spielberg and J.J. Abrams’ much-hyped sci-fi thriller Super 8 generated a modest $37 million in its weekend debut, a number that Hollywood pundits are labeling neither super nor […]

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A Zettabyte Is Big. Really Big.

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A colleague and I sometimes laugh about weird headlines. My favorites from the past week or so include “Fearsome Lawn Ornament Shot Dead by Cops,” “Proven: Sharks Love AC/DC” and “Roads to Close for Zombie Mayhem in Atlanta Suburb.” But this headline got me not for its humor, but for being totally and completely unfathomable: […]

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Marveling at a One-Rating World

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“Is the PG-13 rating helping or hurting families?” That’s the question I posed in an article published in Plugged In magazine in the summer of 2001. The answer seemed pretty obvious even then. But after watching two recent movies featuring heroes from the Marvel Comics universe, I’m more convinced than ever that this baffling rating […]

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World of Divorcecraft

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Can video games instigate a divorce? According to a study by the website Divorce Online, the answer—in a small but growing number of marriages—is apparently yes. The study found that 15% of women filing for divorce cite their husband’s compulsive video game habits as a reason for dissolving their union, a number that’s up from […]

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Movie Monday: X-Men First

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Just because X-Men was the fittest of the flock and more than just survived the weekend box office race does not mean that Darwin was right. Let’s just get that out in the open right away. But mutations made lots of money nonetheless as X-Men: First Class snagged an estimated $56 million. Not that it […]

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Scary News, Scared Kids?

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We all know about the power of media to influence our perspective on reality. Even so, sometimes I see that lesson illustrated in ways that catch me off guard and remind me just how important our vigilance really is—especially when it comes to the youngest among us. A couple of nights ago, I was praying […]

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The Current Cautionary Call

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Let’s face facts. If you take everything we watch, read and hear at face value, our modern life is out to get us. It’s like that movie moment that’s been filmed and re-filmed at least a hundred times. You know the one I’m talking about. Some guy or gal finally gets past a threatening danger, […]

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Chasing Death for 15 Minutes of Fame

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There are professional storm-chaser videos, and then there are WHAT-are-you-thinking-you-lunatic storm–chaser videos. Not long after the most recent siege of devastating tornados ripped across the country, I saw the latter, amateurish type of video on a news site. The camera is focused on a deadly twister, and background noises include violent wind and the voices […]

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Aaarrr! Hornswaggled!

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When I was a kid, I thought pirates were pretty nifty. They had eye patches, peg legs, cool parrots (who might also have eye patches and peg legs), cool hats, pieces o’ eight (whatever those are). Then one night (surely without my parents’ knowledge) I was cruising around the television dial and settled on a […]

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A New Kind of Pitch

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Writer/director/producer J.J. Abrams is, of course, the guy behind mysterious and spooky sci-fi faves such as Lost and Cloverfield. And you’ve probably heard that he’s got a new flick called Super 8 coming out June 10. But you may not have heard about the film’s viral marketing that’s swirling around in the digital wind and […]

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