Pop Culture

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Should POC Forgive Kanye?

What might Kanye need absolution for, who might he need it from, and are they inclined to grant it?
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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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Dungeons, Dragons, and Du Bois’ Race Problem

What might be the real-world harm of racial essentialism in a fantasy role-playing game? What does it take to confront the Veil?
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Should Instagram Remove Its Like System?

Instagram's recent trial in discontinuing their 'like' system brings to the fore questions about the purpose of social media and app's corporate responsibility.
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Saturday Night Live and the Humanization of Elon Musk

Can the show maintain its critical edge while offering controversial figures a platform?
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Busch Light and Carson King: The Good and the Bad of...

The Carson King saga is just the latest chapter in the debate on the value of cancel culture. Is public shaming on social media about anything more than exposure?
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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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White Skins, Black Masks: Voice Acting and Representation

Combating the underrepresentation of people of color in the entertainment industry is an important goal, but the way we go about it is equally important.
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Game of Thrones, Avengers: Endgame, and the Ethics of Spoilers

Where does the wrong we feel in spoiled book and movie twists come from? What is spoiler etiquette based on?
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Public Divorces and Media Privacy

Does the public have any overriding interest in knowing every sordid detail concerning the lives of the rich and famous?