Pop Culture

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Jay-Z and Colin Kaepernick: Is It Business or Personal?

What responsibility, if any, does JAY-Z have with regards to Colin Kaepernick and his partnership with the NFL?
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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?
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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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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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The Ethics of Dark Tourism

Might we have a moral obligation not to trivialize the suffering of others?
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Deceptive Vulnerability: Caroline Calloway and the “Unlikeable Woman”

Brand-building is taking on the guise of genuine openness. What's the harm? How should we respond when vulnerability obscures more than it reveals?
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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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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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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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Art, Death, and Experience

A piece of conceptual art challenges our traditional understanding of death with an aim of reinvention.