Pop Culture

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Disturbing Videos on YouTube Kids: Rethinking the Consequences of Automated Content...

With new advances in the creation of automated content, problems arise when people take advantage of algorithms to scare children.
A large collection of Air Jordans sneakers in glass boxes.

Seeking Responsibility in the Deaths over Designer Sneakers

When people are killed for their collectible sneakers, do the shoes' designers share any responsibility?
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The Moral Trap of McDonald’s Szechuan Sauce

McDonald's recently rereleased their Szechuan Sauce, but not widely enough to satisfy all fans. The aftermath of extreme customer dissatisfaction offers lessons about the role of nostalgia.
A photo of Louis CK at an awards ceremony

Is it O.K. to Watch Louis C.K.?

As more allegations of sexual misconduct among Hollywood elite like Louis C.K. continue to appear, how should we approach their artwork?
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The Dangers Posed by Kevin Spacey’s Coming Out

With mounting allegations of sexual assault against Kevin Spacey, how are we to interpret his coming out in response?
An old snapshot of Hugh Hefner smoking a pipe.

Should Hugh Hefner be Buried Next to Marilyn Monroe?

The founder of Playboy has remained controversial even in death - especially as he will be buried next to Marilyn Monroe, without obtaining her consent.

Rap Culture’s Effect on Mental Health

Rapper Kid Cudi recently went public with his mental health struggles, prompting discussion on the effects that hypermasculine and racialized rap culture can have on mental health.

“Okay Ladies, Now Let’s Get in Formation”

Beyonce's new song "Formation" along with her Super Bowl Performance have sparked conversation regarding racial tensions in America. Why is America so suprised that Beyonce is black?

#OscarsSoWhite: The Academy Award Controversy

Oscar nominations have been announced, and for the second year year in a row, all the acting nominees are white. This has raised controversy, especially...

Zombie Nativity Scene

A Cincinnati, Ohio suburb is fighting over a zombie themed nativity scene at a private residence. Jasen Dixon and his family operate a haunted...