The Graying of Network TV

Broadcast TV has a problem. (No, not Two and a Half Men, although, trust me, that show’s got more problems than my uncle Benny’s waistband after an all-you-can-eat smorgasbord.) The trouble here is that the average TV audience is getting older while advertisers are still grabbing for the youth market golden ring. A new Baseline […]

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Underground Entertainment

For nearly two months now, 33 Chilean miners have been living a half-mile underground, waiting for rescue. Experts say these miners will see the sun again—eventually. Until then, the miners are cobbling together a new reality down under—and that reality, I think, says something pretty interesting about entertainment: What it’s good for, and what it’s […]

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Movie Monday: Money Never Sleeps

Money really doesn’t sleep. Sometimes at 2 a.m., I think I hear the sound of laughter and music from my billfold, as my tiny collection of George Washingtons boogies down until dawn. If my money is lonely—as it often is—I’ll sometimes find it sitting on the couch watching television, working the remote with its dog-eared […]

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There’s a Worm in my Tweet!

Twitter was infected this week by a virus that flooded user’s accounts with odd messages and prompted un-clicked pop-ups—some of which contained malicious code that could take over your computer if it didn’t have the right safeguards. Even the White House’s official Twitter feed was blitzed. Yeah, it was all cleaned up in short order, […]

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Just Like Lindsay

On the way home from work last night, I found myself thinking about the latest self-inflicted travails of actress Lindsay Lohan. Now, even if you don’t pay much attention to the latest pop culture chatter about celebs’ dirty laundry, it’s been almost impossible of late to avoid hearing about what’s happening with this troubled 24-year-old […]

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Guilty Is Good?

The MTV Video Awards aired recently. I didn’t watch them, but author and youth culture expert Walt Mueller did, and in his summarizing thoughts on the show, he mentioned a new ad for Gucci Guilty, a women’s fragrance I hadn’t heard of, let alone smelled. The commercial depicts a daring, take-charge woman driving a futuristic […]

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Making Tables

We can’t all be at our best all the time. I wish we could. But sometimes, we drag a little, let our focus sag a little, and we forget for a moment that everything we do in our lives is, in a way, a reflection of and an offering to God. I was dragging a […]

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Search Engine Censorship

Let’s face it, you can find just about anything on the Internet. And that’s not always such a good thing. In fact, National Public Radio recently reported on how some have gotten so fed up with the flood of Internet flotsam that they’re turning their backs on traditional search engines and finding online helps that […]

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Movie Monday: Resident Evil: Afterlife

All was deathly quiet at the cineplex. Wind whistled through the box office. Tumbleweeds slowly trundled through the concession stand, branches sweeping up long-forgotten puddles of faux butter as they rolled toward the exits. And then, from underneath the theater’s matted carpet, something claws its way upward, moaning piteously as it makes its way from […]

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The Smarmy Charm of Disney

I’ve found myself on Disney duty lately here at Plugged In. I’ve been buried underneath what seems like a mountain of inoffensive pop tunes, happy endings and Jonas Brothers. My work computer has played so much Disney lately that it now assumes I’m a 12-year-old girl. In reality, I’m a 41-year-old man who likes films […]

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