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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and the Ethics of Black Humor

Though critically and commercially successful, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri has concerned some with its brand of black humor.
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All Hail the King

What does Marvel's new Black Panther film do for people of color?
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Afrofuturism: The Beginning of the End for Stereotypical Black People in...

Will the success of Black Pather herald a new age of Afrofuturism in media?

When Men Dominate the Film Industry, What’s the Problem?

Pushing equality in the film industry demands looking at exactly what kind of equality is the best to pursue.
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Unjust Laws and Elastigirl’s Example

The Incredibles 2 is more than a family blockbuster -- it presents theories of the ethics of law in a clear, understandable way.
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Nature, Nurture, and Unknown Harms

Three identical strangers realized they were more than just triplets: they were the subjects of a scientific study on nature versus nurture.
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Making a Murderer, Brain Fingerprinting, and the Ownership of Thoughts

Netflix's Making a Murderer sometimes uses questionable practices to tell true crime stories. Among these methods is "brain fingerprinting."
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Military Propaganda and Empowerment in Captain Marvel

Marvel's newest hit Captain Marvel was marketed with female empowerment in mind, but what about the heavy military message?
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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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The Killing Joke: The Ethics of ‘Joker’

Reception to 'Joker' has tended to extremes. How do time and place define Joker's message? What responsibility do the creators and publishers share in the public's interpretation?