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The Plugged in Show, Episode 190: Plugged In Talks with Author David Murrow. Plus ‘Mission: Impossible—Dead Reckoning Part One’


We talk about screen time a lot at Plugged In. It’s a big deal, and many a mom and dad wring their hands over how much time their kids spend on their phones.

But do you know who else it’s a problem for? Mom and Dad.

David Murrow knows that as well as anyone. Murrow, the author of Drowning in Screen Time: A Lifeline for Adults, Parents, Teachers, and Ministers Who Want to Reclaim Their Real Lives, spent decades in the television industry—helping to make shows, specials and commercials as compelling, even as addictive, as possible. In addition, he admits to his own screen addiction—an internet habit that drove a wedge between he and his family.

I had a chance to talk with Murrow about his book and the ever-so-seductive power of screens. He offers some good, practical advice to us not just to help get their kids’ screen habits under control, but their own habits, as well. He’s a super-nice guy to boot.

‘Course, it’s one thing to be addicted to technology. It’s quite another when it’s actively trying to kill you. While Murrow doesn’t talk much about rogue artificial intelligence eager to take over the world, Mission: Impossible—Dead Reckoning Part One sure does. Is this latest chapter in the Mission: Impossible series worth your time? What sort of messages does it have? Is it possible that Tom Cruise is some sort of death-defying AI creation himself? We explore these questions and other in our no-holds-barred discussion.

So there you have it—the podcast episode, should you choose to accept it. And if you do, cruise on over (see what I did there?) to Facebook and Instagram and tell us what you think. Don’t want to do that? Send us an email instead ([email protected].) Or leave us a voice message on The Plugged In Show’s landing page. We promise it won’t self-destruct in five seconds.

And finally, check out our Plugged In Show Aftercast this coming Monday (and every Monday after that) on Instagram (@pluggedinteam), 3 p.m. Mountain Time. There, two Plugged In folks will talk about the week’s hottest movies, discuss our latest podcast and give you a look at our own coming attractions. And while no one’s ever engaged in a Mission: Impossible-style fistfight on the Aftercast, it is live. So you never know.

Paul Asay

Paul Asay has been part of the Plugged In staff since 2007, watching and reviewing roughly 15 quintillion movies and television shows. He’s written for a number of other publications, too, including Time, The Washington Post and Christianity Today. The author of several books, Paul loves to find spirituality in unexpected places, including popular entertainment, and he loves all things superhero. His vices include James Bond films, Mountain Dew and terrible B-grade movies. He’s married, has two children and a neurotic dog, runs marathons on occasion and hopes to someday own his own tuxedo. Feel free to follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.

One Response

  1. -As always, I enjoyed your podcast. Tom Cruise is only one day older than I, while I have never done a jump out of an airplane I continue to do Tough Mudders (10mile). It’s my own way to keep motivated to keep fit (yes, I’m a little vain). But if Tom can do those crazy things why can’t I at least try!