Of Faith and Facebook

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Are teens rejecting faith for Facebook? The folks over at the Barna Group suggest that something like that may be happening. Barna has been studying the intersection of Christianity and culture for years now. And while the researchers say that faith is actually doing pretty well amongst teens—more than six in 10 participate in at […]

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Barefoot and Busted

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You tell me. The world doesn’t make much sense anymore, and I need some guidance: Is Colton Harris-Moore a role model? Until his capture in the Bahamas on Sunday, this 19-year-old “Barefoot Bandit” from Washington state had been on a two-year crime spree that’s cost the public hundreds of thousands of dollars in property damage […]

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Movie Monday: Despicable Me

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Dastardly Gru may have struggled in his quest to become the world’s No. 1 supervillian. But he had no trouble at all propelling his film, Despicable Me, to the top of the box office this weekend. Universal’s new animated effort earned more than $60 million and booted The Twilight Saga: Eclipse off the weekend’s top […]

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Your Tweet is My Command

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Did you hear about David Perez and his recent adventure? If not, let me fill you in. This 29-year-old advertising guy wanted to attend a weeklong fete at the Cannes Lion’s International Advertising Festival in France. (Yeah, I had no idea that advertising guys threw big shindigs in France, either. But there it is.) Anyway, […]

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The Water We Swim In

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Culture, it’s said, is like an ocean. And we are the fish swimming there. For the most part, we’re not really aware of the water around us. It’s just there … always there. It’s where we swim and live. That comparison is helpful, I think, because it reminds us that our culture—that vast vortex of […]

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Movie Tuesday: Revenge of the Twihards

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Just like their namesakes did in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, teams Edward and Jacob joined forces for a long holiday weekend to cast down their competition and posture triumphantly on the field of battle. The new Twilight film bit big at the box office, collecting $82.5 million during the Friday-through-Monday weekend. It’s already pocketed a […]

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Snap Judgments

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Some folks say that they and cameras do not get along. But few people can say, as I can, that they’ve killed one with their face. It’s remarkable it didn’t happen sooner. I was a gangly, pimply, brace-filled, bespectacled child in junior high, often taunted by classmates, teachers and the biology lab’s hamster mascot. It […]

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As I Lay Dying: The Concert

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They’re the most aggressive-sounding band in the genre, in my humble opinion. Their front man is a lumberjack-sized fellow with a booming, guttural growl that can shake the walls. But here’s the thing: They do it in the name of Jesus Christ. I’m talking about the Christian metalcore band As I Lay Dying, one of […]

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The Twilight of Addiction

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This is the age of addiction. Think about it. People are pointing to new addictions just about every day. The Internet, now, there’s a real life-stealer. Reality TV shows, wow, just can’t get enough of those dancing stars of yesteryear. Movies. Music. iPads. Videogames. Seems that everybody is up-ending their lives to mainline something or […]

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Movie Monday: Grown Ups

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So, given your choice of watching children’s toys act like adults or real adults act like children, what would you pick? Most Americans went with the playthings this week, pushing Toy Story 3 to the top of the weekend’s movie charts again with $59 million, according to Box Office Mojo. The Adam Sandler-helmed Grown Ups, […]

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Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Online

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I just saw a New York Times article that I had to comment on. The piece, by Tara Parker-Pope, asked the question: “Is the Internet making teenagers do more dumb things than ever?” Now, it’s easy to rationalize that teens are gonna do stupid stuff no matter what. So why blame the Internet? After all, […]

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You’ve Got a Friend in Us

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Plugged In has been talking about Facebook and Twitter for, oh, years now—their pros, their cons and how they’re changing the way we relate to each other. Now, Plugged In has launched its very own Facebook page and Twitter feed (@pluggedintweet, if you want to follow us there), where we’ll be chatting about—well, among all […]

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Movie Making, the Syfy Way

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Syfy, the oddly spelled cable outlet once known as the Sci-Fi Network, has never been known for its award-winning original programming. Known for such films as Aztec Rex (in which Aztecs and Conquistadors team up to fight a rampaging dinosaur), The Man with the Screaming Brain and, of course, Dinoshark (pictured here). So perhaps it […]

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