R.I.P. CDs

CDs

I bought a CD last night. (Rock guitar instrumentalist Joe Satriani’s latest release, if you must know. But I digress already.) I bought it because even though I listen to tons of music digitally (streaming, and in my 15-year-old iTunes library), I just like having a real, physical copy of my music. It’s tactile. Reliable. […]

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Culture Clips: About Those Super Bowl Ads …

super bowl ads

A few days ago, the world was treated to one of the best Super Bowls in history. But some viewers couldn’t have  cared less about the game: They were in it for the commercials. Advertisers go all out for their Super Bowl spots, and well they should. In this age of entertainment fragmentation, the Big […]

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An Open Breakup Letter to Justin Timberlake

Justin Timberlake performing during the Super Bowl LII Pepsi Halftime Show in 2018

Dear Justin Timberlake (can I still call you JT?), I am writing to inform you that we’re through. I’m breaking up with you. Let me back up. I realize it’s been awhile since we last talked. In fact, I know that this is actually the first time. You don’t know me from Adam, and that’s […]

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Plugged In Movie Awards: Best Movie for Adults

PIMA Best Movie for Adults

We’ve come to one of our most prickly categories now, picking through the best films Hollywood offered this year and deciding what’s truly praise-worthy in terms of both its messages and content. These aren’t films that the whole family will necessarily want to sit down and watch. But these films resonated with us. Again, we’d […]

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Plugged In Movie Awards: Best Movie for Kids

PIMA Kids

For the last several weeks, Hollywood has been handing itself a bevy of awards, with the biggest honors—the Oscars—just around the corner. Alas, the movies that the entertainment industry chooses to honor may be strong in craft but weak in conviction, high in aesthetics but low in ethics. But while we at Plugged In sometimes […]

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Culture Clips: Who Needs an Oscar, Anyway?

As I mentioned already, the Academy announced its Oscar nominations yesterday, and I offered a bit of a sad headshake as to how comparatively un-family friendly this year’s batch of nominees are. But I wasn’t the only one a tad disappointed in the nominations this year. Just as soon as it saw the list, our […]

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12 Strong Can’t Outmuscle Jumanji

Dwayne Johnson in Jumanji

The juggernaut that is Jumanji just keeps chugging along. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle—a movie predicated on a magical board game—continues to claim a monopoly on the box office’s numero uno slot, earning an estimated $20 million payday. Does Jumanji feel sorry for its success? Not one little bit. While making a movie is always […]

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You, Your Children and the Forcefield App

Forcefield

The internet is everywhere. It wasn’t always so, believe it or not. I remember the days when the centralized home computer was all you had available when logging your Solitaire and Minesweeper hours. Now all you have to do is reach into your pocket, pull out your mini-computer, and browse the world with your fingertips. […]

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Culture Clips: The Holy Throwers Edition

Case Keenum

Anyone who watched the Minnesota Vikings pull off a near-miraculous win against the New Orleans Saints last weekend probably saw Case Keenum—a one-time backup quarterback was thrust into the starting lineup due to injury and who’s having a career year—literally jump for joy. But if fans turned off the telly before the postgame interviews, they […]

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