Society

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Are Loot Boxes “Quite Ethical”?

Recent rulings have called the loot box mechanics used in franchises like FIFA and Star Wars Battlefront "gambling for children." What's the danger?
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La Liga, EULAs, and Privacy in Public Spaces

La Liga's recent use of its mobile app as a tool for spying offers another interesting chapter in the piracy versus privacy debate.
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Separating the Freedom of Religion from the Right to Discriminate

The basic legal and moral right to the free practice, observance, and teaching of one's religious beliefs is often conflated with the privilege to hold others accountable to one's own particular religious convictions and creeds. How should we distinguish the two?
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Free Speech and Good Omens

The recent petition by Return to Order demanding the cancellation of Good Omens by Netflix raises questions about free speech and art. What are the motivations, obligations, and limitations in protesting hurtful art?
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Pastor Fritts, the First Amendment, and Public and Private Reason

Free and open debate is often lauded, but much is also written of the limits. In what ways does one's position change the character of particular speech acts?
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Separating Character from Policy at the Ballot Box

Accusations about one's lack of moral fiber are often thrown around at election time, but when are personal moral failings relevant in determining a candidate's suitability for public office?
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The Decriminalization of Prostitution and the Commodification of Sex

Several states' recent legal push to decriminalize sex work asks us to reevaluate the way we weigh competing concerns about individual autonomy, the nature of exploitation, and the commodification of goods and services.
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What Technological Dystopias Can Tell Us About Human Values

The vision of technological dystopia presented by Black Mirror covers diverse topics ranging from the nature of consciousness to the essence of parenting.
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Collective Responsibility and the MMIWG Report

The recent report concerning Canada's Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls has a lot to say about the legacy of colonialism.
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The Boston Straight Pride Parade: Meaning, Weight, and Context

The message in public demonstrations is often much more far-reaching than the mere slogans or stated aims.