Pop Culture

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When Is Comedy Over the Line? The Departure of Shane Gillis...

Gillis's recent dismissal from SNL raises questions about free speech and the boundaries of offensive content.
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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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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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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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Art, Death, and Experience

A piece of conceptual art challenges our traditional understanding of death with an aim of reinvention.
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On the Legitimacy of Moral Advice from the Internet

Seeking out moral advice from, and offering moral advice to, strangers in a public forum is nothing new. What has changed are the qualifications to claim moral expertise.
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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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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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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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“Not Like Other Girls” and Internalized Misogyny

Efforts to break with sexist norms can sometimes reinforce the harmful structure they seek to escape.