Pop Culture

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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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Should Instagram Remove Its Like System?

Instagram's recent trial in discontinuing their 'like' system brings to the fore questions about the purpose of social media and app's corporate responsibility.
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Kylie Jenner and the Possibility of Being “Self-Made”

What can a controversy over the "self-made" title tell us about privilege and inequality?
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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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Santa Clarita Diet and Moral Imperfectionism

The show examines a host of philosophical issues in utilitarian and feminist terms, and even has something to say about non-ideal theory.
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The Ethics of Brand Humanization

Corporations' push to attract a marketing-resistant demographic is producing some troubling effects.
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Misogyny, ‘Purity,’ and Leggings at Notre Dame

Many of our ideas about 'modesty' and 'purity' are rooted in misogyny, as recent events at the University of Notre Dame help to illustrate.
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Is J. Cole the Savior of Hip-Hop?

Hip-hop has a complex relationship with old school and new school, but J. Cole might bring the genre to a more stylistically inclusive middle ground.
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The Gillette Controversy: The Best an Ad Can Be?

Should Gillette be in the business of activism and is their message objectionable?
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The Resurgence of Tarot

What does the newfound popularity of tarot tell us about society?