Pop Culture

"Pusha T," by SImon Abrams licensed under CC BY 2.0 (via Flickr).

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?
"Roses" by Ângela Antunes licensed under CC BY 2.0 (via Flickr).

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.
"Nike" by Miguel Vaca licensed under CC BY 2.0 (Via Flickr).

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.
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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.
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Seeking Responsibility in the Deaths over Designer Sneakers

When people are killed for their collectible sneakers, do the shoes' designers share any responsibility?
"McDonald's #1 Store Museum, Des Plaines, Ill." by Jerry Huddleston liscened under CC BY 2.0 (via Flickr).

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.
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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?