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It’s Just a Game: The Ethics of Tom Clancy’s Not-So-Elite Squad

Video games may not directly incite violence, but that doesn't mean they can't still send dangerous messages.
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White Skins, Black Masks: Voice Acting and Representation

Combating the underrepresentation of people of color in the entertainment industry is an important goal, but the way we go about it is equally important.
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Dungeons, Dragons, and Du Bois’ Race Problem

What might be the real-world harm of racial essentialism in a fantasy role-playing game? What does it take to confront the Veil?
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Is TikTok Good or Bad for Rap?

Is this new medium reducing art to a formulaic hunt for virality or is it inspiring innovation and increasing independent artists' opportunity for exposure?
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Gay Representation and ‘Onward’

Corporations often try to brand themselves as inclusive and progressive, but is there any substance behind these labels or is it all just marketing?
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Can Shoplifting Be Activism?

A new movement has developed around shoplifting as an anti-corporate political protest. Does it work? Can it?
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Unpacking Our Guilty Pleasures

There are a multitude of pleasures that we might feel bad about engaging in, but not all activities carry the same moral weight. And many are not simply a private affair.

The Good Place and the Good Life

NBC's show explores all manner of philosophical quandary, but focuses especially on the meaning of life and the morality in mortality.
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Christmas Music and Emotional Manipulation

Songs like Band Aid's "Do They Know It's Christmas" attempt to harness holiday sentiment to support charitable causes. Should they?
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The Jezebel Stereotype and Hip-Hop

Are black female artists fueling the jezebel stereotype or attempting to reclaim the narrative surrounding their sexuality?