Cookies: Delicious Treat or Malicious Threat?

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computer cookies

  Ever since 2013, when Edward Snowden blew the whistle on the Nation Security Agency’s data mining practices, people have been concerned about online privacy violations. The fear that Snowden’s disclosures evoked “resonated with Americans from day one,” according to The Guardian. The leak revealed to the world the extent to which U.S. intelligence is […]

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Tech Tuesday: Why You Should Care About DDoS Attacks (and What You Can DDo About Them)

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DDoS attack

Player 1: “Everyone attack the boss NOW!” Player 2: “We’re almost there! He’s at 10%!” Player 3: “Healer, I need help! I’m almost out of health points!” Player 4: … Player 1: “Healer! We’re about to lose! What’s going on?” Player 4: … “Sorry friends, my cat was walking across the keyboard.” Player 3: “He’s […]

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Tech Tuesday: What’s the Real King in The Lion King? Technology.

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The original Lion King, released in 1994, was a cartoon of the highest order—perhaps traditional Disney 2D animation at its peak. Hand-drawn manes flowed in the animated breeze, and a generation of families flocked to theaters to watch young Simba reclaim his birthright. The film made nearly $1 billion worldwide, which makes it—even 25 years […]

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‘I Did It Funny for Funny.’ A Conversation With the Late Tim Conway

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Tim Conway could make you weep in the very best of ways. The comedian, who died today at the age of 85, did it all the time on The Carol Burnett Show, where Conway rose to fame. His knack for improvisation, deadpan delivery and comic timing made his castmates, especially Harvey Korman, laugh until they […]

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Can a TV Show Kill? It’s a Complicated Question.

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Underneath the reviews, the blog posts, the vodcasts and Twitter missives, Plugged In is built on one basic premise: Media matters. The entertainment we consume—the stories we watch and read and listen to and play—impact us deeply, and on levels we might not fully realize. Obviously, the relationship between entertainment and its real-world impact is […]

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A Plugged In Conversation with Television Advocate Tim Winter

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PTC interview

Few inventions have reshaped culture the way television has. Since its mainstream emergence in the 1950s, television has both reflected cultural values and reinforced them, too. Since 1995, the Parents Television Council has sought to equip parents with information they need to better understand this medium’s influence, especially on children. The PTC has played strong […]

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Forget About Saving the World. The MCU is All About Family

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We could unpack a lot of stuff with Avengers: Endgame, Marvel’s three-hour finale to its 11-year, 22-movie odyssey (so far). And hopefully we’ll have opportunity to do just that sometime soon—when most of you have seen it and spoilers aren’t quite as big of an issue. But one thing that I can say about Endgame […]

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Monsters, Motherhood and The Curse of La Llorona

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Horror movies aren’t for everyone. Some aren’t for anyone. But while fright flicks are often freighted with lots of really, really problematic content, some also contain interesting themes, too. Unlike most genres, they have license to deal explicitly with some of the biggest spiritual issues we face: What is evil? What lies in the hereafter? […]

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Culture Clips: As the Jussie Smollett Case Turns

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We live in a strange, confusing and unpredictable world. Need proof? Look no farther than the Jussie Smollett saga. First, we heard that the actor, who’s both black and gay, was attacked by two folks with some apparent racist, homophobic leanings. (Oddly, both attackers were black, too.) Then we were told that Smollett actually knew […]

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