Culture Clips: Why Do People Want to Be Scared for Fun?

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For most of us, being genuinely frightened is probably something we try to avoid in the real world. But when it comes to entertainment, the opposite is often true. Many people love being scared. Especially this time of year, the time when horror movies rule the multiplexes and haunted houses pop up in seemingly every […]

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Overcoming Your Biggest Fears with Gaming Technology

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What are you most scared of? Snakes? Spiders? Heights? If your phobias are the run-of-the-mill variety, there’s a very good chance you’re in luck. Why? Therapists are treating these sorts of fears now in the safety of their own offices—courtesy virtual reality gaming technology. Take the case of a man named Dick Tracey (not be […]

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Sometimes Free Costs Too Much

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I get a lot of emails that make me scratch my head. I’m guessing you can relate. For instance, I regularly get one from a female gynecologist wanting me to interview her. I also get frequent emails from some “cannabis-something-or-other” business excited about their various products infused with THC. (I’m not sure what the official […]

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Culture Clips: Heroes, Heels and Hacks

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It’s not easy to find heroes these days. So it was nice to see Drew Brees, quarterback for the New Orleans Saints and apparently all-around good guy, break the National Football League’s all-time passing mark this Monday night. Even better, though? His post-game interview. When the ESPN interviewer Lisa Salters asked Brees what he told […]

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Did ’80s Movies Reinforce Rape Culture?

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Some of us who grew up in the ’80s likely have fond memories of John Hughes’ “classic” teen movies: Sixteen Candles. Breakfast Club. Or maybe we recall how much we loved Back to the Future. Or Ghostbusters. Say Anything. Or Big. Now, all of those movies have some content issues, from a Plugged In perspective. […]

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Culture Clips: The Facebook Trauma Edition

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Perhaps it’s not exactly news anymore when Facebook announces a data breach. The ubiquitous social network has been as leaky as a perforated garden hose lately, so what’s another 50 million users? Still, it made the virtual front pages of a lot of virtual newspapers, and what might’ve gotten lost in the week’s Facebook headlines […]

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The Power of Film (Even a Very Short One)

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Recently, I had the privilege of being invited to be one of ten judges for the “Film Your Faith” video contest, sponsored by Faith Counts. Contestants submitted a two-minute video that somehow dealt with the subject of “faith.” The winner, Kyle Churchwell, who created a film called “Faith is Knowing,” got a healthy $20,000 prize. […]

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What Brought Down Bill Cosby? Social Media.

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Bill Cosby, one-time comedian, actor, Jell-O salesman and “America’s Dad,” is spending another night in prison—his home for the next three to 10 years, according to the sentence passed down by Judge Steven T. O’Neill. “It is time for justice, Mr. Cosby,” O’Neill said. “This has all circled back to you. The time has come.” […]

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Culture Clips: Apple’s Streaming Service Will Be Family-Friendly and … Religion Free?

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Television has trended toward more explicit content for decades. With the arrival of Netflix, Amazon and Hulu—as well as the cultural ascendance of shows on premium cable networks such as HBO—that trend seems to be accelerating. Even shows where you might have expected producers to dial things down—like, say, Amazon’s new Tom Clancy-inspired series Jack […]

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The Clock Strikes No. 1

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Intrepid Plugged In reviewer Bob Hoose said of The House With a Clock in Its Walls, “One can only hope that wise parents are scared away from this freaky flick … long before their kids are.” Nearly $27 million-worth of folks—parents, children and otherwise—ignored Mr. Hoose’s sage advice and went to see this not-so-kid-friendly fright […]

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