The Plugged In Show, Episode 88: Plugged In Goes to the Olympics

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On Monday, I compared the modern Olympics to a movie reboot—a re-imagining of the classic (or classical?) ancient Greek version. Every two years or so (counting the Summer and Winter Games), we get a sequel of sorts—filled with new characters and storylines but following the same familiar patterns.

The Olympics are many things: a gathering of the world’s best athletes, a massive sporting event, a chance to celebrate the ideals of global unity while passionately, and paradoxically, cheering for our home nations.

But more than anything, the Olympics is entertainment. It always has been, even in its earliest days. And Plugged In is, of course, about all things entertainment.

So, it’s only fitting that the Plugged In team dives into a characteristically passionate discussion of the Olympics on this episode of the Plugged In show. We dig into its controversies, critique its commercialism, and encourage you and your family to become active, not passive, participants in the show. Because as with all forms of entertainment, the Olympics have their worldview issues and moments of problematic content to wade through, too.

So listen to our team race and jump from point to point (linguistically speaking), and follow along with the links and resources below.

  • Interaction question: What’s your favorite Olympic sport or memory? Let us know on Facebook or Instagram.

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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.