Pop Culture

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Jay-Z and the NFL: Hypocrisy or Suite Participation?

What, if any, obligation does Jay-Z, as a high-profile advocate for social justice and a recognizable brand, have to not condone or distract from the NFL's many public relation problems?
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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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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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On Censorship, Same-Sex Marriage, and a Cartoon Rat

Recent censorship in Alabama and Arkansas of a cartoon same-sex marriage in a kids' show on public television raises questions about audience and inclusivity. Who is guilty of "having an agenda?"
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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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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.