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The Ethics of Telling All: What’s at Stake in Memoir Writing?

In memoir writing, where's the line between tell-all and telling too much?
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Pinterest’s Block on Anti-Vaccination Content

Pinterest quietly removed anti-vaccination content from the site, making both 'anti-vax' and 'vaccine' unsearchable. Was this the right thing to do?
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Nasty, Brutish and Online: Is Facebook Revealing a Hobbesian Dystopia?

Was Thomas Hobbes right about human nature, and is Facebook proving it?

Opinion

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Christianity’s Role in Alt-Right Terrorism: More than an Aesthetic

Recent events have raised questions about Christianity's relation to alt-right ideology and its role in right-wing terrorism.
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Cultural Value, Charitable Giving, and the Fire at Notre Dame

The fire at Notre Dame was a huge cultural event matched only by the outpouring of support from donations and social media posts in response. But shouldn't there be other things we support just as strongly?
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Why We Shouldn’t Have to Have the White History Month Conversation

Black History Month is occasionally accompanied by discourse on the possibility of "white history month." What makes it wrong?

Culture

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Cancel Culture

As our social/political commentary continues to evolve on social media, we should ask what the value of cancelling someone really is.
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Lil Nas X vs. Billboard: The Charting Conundrum of “Old Town...

Are the boundaries of genre serving to create divides based on race in the music industry? And how might Billboard be complicit?
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Power, Pollution, and Golf

Maybe golf is the most emblematic sport of the 21st century -- but that isn't necessarily a good thing.

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Should We Mute Michael Jackson?

What obligations do those in the entertainment industry have to the public in the wake of criminal allegations? Is censorship ever appropriate prior to legal conviction? Must public use be a political act?
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Game of Thrones, Avengers: Endgame, and the Ethics of Spoilers

Where does the wrong we feel in spoiled book and movie twists come from? What is spoiler etiquette based on?
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Christianity’s Role in Alt-Right Terrorism: More than an Aesthetic

Recent events have raised questions about Christianity's relation to alt-right ideology and its role in right-wing terrorism.
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Fixing What We’ve Broken: Geoengineering in Response to Climate Change

Geoengineering is often touted as the cure for fallout due to climate change. What does it promise and what are the risks?
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Blame and Forgiveness in Student Loan Debt

What do Elizabeth Warren's proposed policies regarding student debt relief say about responsibility and fairness?
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Is the Filibuster Democratic?

Is a tool used as obstruction to legislation antithetical to the Senate's purpose, or perfectly attuned to it? Is the filibuster the "Soul of the Senate" or the death of democracy?