Culture Clips: Oscar the Grouch

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It’s hard to drive anywhere in Hollywood this time of year without plowing into another stack of awards. Honorary hardware practically falls from the sky in January. But all of those awards and honors culminate in the biggest awards show of all: the Oscars. Nominations for said awards were unveiled Monday morning. If you’re interested […]

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10 Mind-Blowing Gadgets Unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show

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The Consumer Electronics Show for 2020 has come and gone. And, of course, it brought with it a wide assortment of gigantic TVs, foldable phones, futuristic computers and robotic wonders: All the sorts of things you’d expect when the words “consumer” and “electronics” show up in the same sentence. But instead of talking about the […]

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Pop Culture’s Top 10 Movers and Shakers (2019 Edition)

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The year 2019 was a year of goodbyes. We said farewell to sitcoms (The Big Bang Theory) and television serials (Orange is the New Black); rappers (Juice WRLD) and Disney stars (Cameron Boyce); writers (Toni Morrison) and superheroes (no spoilers here) and even a Grouch (as in Oscar and the voice that brought him to […]

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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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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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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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Teens and Tweens Can’t Get Enough Ninja Videos (and Anything Else on YouTube)

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Movies? TV? Those things are soooo 2015 for today’s youth. YouTube is where it’s at. That’s what Common Sense Media found in its fresh-off-the-presses 2019 “Media use by Tweens and Teens” census. While tweens and teens aren’t increasing their screen time consumption at the rapid pace we’ve seen over the last decade or two, how […]

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Online “Swatting:” A Prank That’s No Laughing Matter

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We don’t often think about gaming and online shenanigans leading to anything truly dangerous. But it turns out that in the right situation, those pursuits can lead to jail time and even someone’s death! Say what? NBC News recently reported on a terrible and deadly event that involved something called “swatting”—the tactic of contacting police […]

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Culture Clips: A Growing Cloud of Concern About Vaping

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The ongoing vaping health crisis has been a big story this week. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have reported at least 400 serious lung illnesses and six deaths linked to vaping. And the victims at the forefront of this epidemic are often teenagers and young adults. That figure is directly related […]

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Culture Clips: Farewell, My Captain. (Oh, and the Football Player’s Gone, Too.)

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The football world was a wee bit shocked when Andrew Luck, oft-injured quarterback for the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts, announced last week that he was hanging up his cleats. Everyone had lots of thoughts about it (including Focus on the Family’s own Jim Daly). Fox Sports’ Doug Gottlieb nearly united Twitter in anger when he insinuated […]

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Culture Clips: Lil Nas X is Music’s New Record-Setting Sheriff

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The music industry has a new top dog: “Old Town Road.” It took 24 years to beat “One Sweet Day” by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men as the music industry’s longest-running pop chart-topping song. That ditty spent 16 straight weeks on the top of Billboard’s Hot 100 chart in 1995 and 1996. And while  […]

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