Pop Culture

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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?
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Rap Feuds and Moral Standing

This article dives into the underlying moral issues that arise during Rap feuds, when rappers throw insults at one another. Are there things that are unethical to say in a feud?
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The Implications of being The Bachelor and a Virgin

With the first virgin Bachelor announced for this upcoming season of The Bachelor, this article examines the issues with the structure of the television show and its portrayal of sex due to its editing choices, and contestant selection.
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Commodifying Activism

In the wake of Nike's Colin Kaepernick advertisement, this article distills the ethical and social implications of using social movements for the purpose of profit. How does the communication of activism affect businesses and activists themselves?
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Roseanne Barr and Samantha Bee: Political Comedy’s Unwritten Rules

The backlashes against Roseanne Barr and Samantha Bee underscore the nuances of offense and political comedy.
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From Minstrel Shows to The Simpsons: Racism in American Comedy

Comedy and satire cartoons are supposed to push boundaries, but all too often, they fall back on deeply ingrained racist imagery.