Culture Clips: Tis the Season … for Awards

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Forget the snowball fights so picturesquely common this time of year. In 2019—at least at Netflix’s movie headquarters—they’ll be pelting each other with Golden Globes. OK, so perhaps we’re being a bit premature. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association hasn’t handed out any actual statuettes just yet, just the nominations. But one thing’s for sure: The […]

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Introducing The Plugged In Show

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If you’ve ever thought to yourself, “I wonder if Plugged In is ever going to do a podcast, because it seems like they should,” well, the wait is over. I’m thrilled to announce that we have recently launched The Plugged In Show! Each week, members of the Plugged In team will be joined by author, […]

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Culture Clips: The Existential Crisis of So Many Christmas Movies!

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TV’s “25 Days of Christmas” has arrived! And while many a family may be excited to share familiar Christmas classics such as The Santa Clause, Home Alone and Richie Rich’s Christmas Wish on Freeform, there’s also an entirely new lineup of movies coming to cable and streaming platforms. If you count up all the fare […]

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Culture Clips: All I Want for Christmas is Three World Records

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We haven’t even cooked the Thanksgiving turkey yet, but no matter: Lots of people have moved on to Christmas. Trees are up, tiny lights are twinkling and Santa Claus is already shilling stuff on television. Who is Plugged In to squelch all this Christmas spirit? So let’s kick this edition of Culture Clips off with […]

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What Is a Dopamine Fast, Anyway?

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One of the most interesting concepts in economics is the law of diminishing marginal returns. It says, basically, the more we consume of something, the less we enjoy it. Put simply, the second cup of coffee we have in the morning has less “marginal utility” than the first cup. The taste may be exactly the […]

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Fifty Years of Sesame Street and the Internet: Which Hurt My Kids More?

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OK, so this blog’s title is a little click-baity, but it’s still worth thinking about for a bit. The Internet and Sesame Street are both celebrating their golden 50th. They popped into being back in the fall of 1969 (on Oct. 29 and Nov. 10 respectively). Each required years of planning and hard work. Their […]

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Culture Clips: Alone … With Our Screens

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Plugged In reviewed a strange little video game last week called Death Stranding. Our own Bob Hoose calls it part shooter, part adventure game, part building game and all weird. While dark and bloody, the game has also earned the most nominations this year from the Game Awards (an awards “show” that was watched by […]

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Disney+ Streaming Service: What You Need to Know

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Stand aside all you pesky streaming services because the behemoth of them all has arrived: Disney+. If your kids are Disney fans (or Star Wars fans or Marvel fans), you might have already purchased Disney+, thinking it would be something your kids would love. And chances are they probably do, but this streaming service is […]

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‘Fred Had a Lot of Heroes.’ A Conversation with Joanne Rogers, Mister Rogers’ Wife

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A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, a film about legendary children’s television host Fred Rogers, comes to theaters next week. We’ll publish our full review next Thursday, of course, but for starters it’s not a biopic: We don’t see Rogers (who died in 2003) grow up or his formative years in television. For that, you […]

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Culture Clips: Disney+ Storms Into 10 Million Homes … but Not Without Problems

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Remember that big ol’ Imperial Cruiser that fills the screen at the beginning of the original Star Wars movie? Yeah, that’s a little like what the coming of Disney+ felt like yesterday. More than 10 million people have already subscribed to Disney’s new streaming service in its first 24 hours—a pretty good start, considering analysts […]

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Culture Clips: Little Mermaid Live … Sinks

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Sad that you missed The Little Mermaid Live! on ABC last night? Yeah, well, you can save your tears. Even though nine million people tuned in to watch Ariel’s primetime return, many reviews were scathing—in part because only parts of it were actually live, interspersed with animated movie clips. Entertainment Weekly gave the show a […]

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When Videogames Go to School

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It wasn’t that long ago that everybody from parents to clergymen to U.S. senators were all aflutter about the kid-destroying characteristics of videogames. These days, however, its not so much parents screaming at the kids to turn off the videogames as it is parents urging them to sharpen their button-mashing skills. You know, so they […]

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Culture Clips: A Sad Goodbye

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Truett Foster McKeehan, eldest son of Christian hip hop artist TobyMac, died suddenly Oct. 23 at his home in Franklin, Tennessee. As the artist and his family grieve their loss, TobyMac spoke about his son, saying that Truett “had joy that took the room when he entered.” He also released this statement: “My wife and […]

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