What Spy Movies (and Grandma) Say About Media Discernment


Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation is not the headiest of movies, but it still got us thinking. In this, the second episode of the Plugged In Vodcast, Paul explains why spy movies always make him think of his grandma and how a particular conversation with her got him thinking about the ways we make exceptions for certain types of entertainment that maybe we should be avoiding.


And, in a Plugged In Vodcast first, we have a second discussion for you! Consider it a bonus track. It’s a conversation about spy movies and moral relativism that we’d love for you to chime in on.

Who wrote this?

Jake Roberson is Plugged In’s social media manager and strategist. He’s the father of four children and husband of one wife, and he quite likes life that way. He also likes writing about entertainment, pop culture, dadhood … and food. He’s also a former Guinness World Record holder for participating in the largest hacky sack circle. Catch up with him on Twitter @jake_roberson

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Cj Atl More than 1 year ago
profound truth about media discernment >>>>>>>>>>
Joshua Kroeger More than 1 year ago
I have never seen a Bond film, but I have seen nearly every MI film, including the latest one.  The most resonant element was certainly that Ethan (in every film, really) is unflaggingly loyal to a treacherous government....because the world needs saving!  Him and his teammates have difficulty trusting Ilsa initially, until she shows clear signs she can be trusted (the scene in the water tank is a great example).  But his mistrust of her was right, since he had been burned so often before--as you said.  Moral relativism has been a major problem for ages, and the only way to distinguish true right from wrong is to see the world through the eyes of God.  Discernment is the best way to deal with anything in our fallen world.  And let me just say that I truly admire the work you do at Plugged In; because I distrust the secular world, I always read your reviews first, and have done so for many years!  In fact, it is only because of you that I saw "Rogue Nation"; I knew what the specific problems were.
jake_roberson More than 1 year ago
Truly nothing new under the sun, eh? Kind of crazy how something like relativism can so significantly impact (basically) every generation that has walked the earth. But, then again, it makes a lot of sense that it would since we all experience things so differently. Thanks for sharing, Joshua!
Jacob Garner More than 1 year ago
Those were some excellent comments gentlemen, and ones that spoke to some situations I'm dealing with personally. Thank you for all that you do.
jake_roberson More than 1 year ago
So glad to hear it, Jacob, and you're welcome! And thank YOU for checking it out and leaving us a note. Has your grandma been trying to get you to watch old spy movies like Paul's grandma? ;-)
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Joshua Kroeger More than 1 year ago
That is indeed a significant problem not only with the MI films, but with media today.  The female leads are almost always sexualized and this has a serious effect on today's society.  Not only have women lost respect for themselves, but men lose respect for women!