Pop Culture

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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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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?
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UFOs and Hume on Miracles

Hume cautions us about believing others when their claims are unbelievable.
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What It Means to Be a Hero

Superheroes are the embodiment a host of norms and ideals that say a lot (deliberately or not) about what we think and believe.
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On “Dog-Wagging” News: Why What “Lots of People” Say Isn’t Newsworthy

Focusing public attention on any one thing inevitably means exercising discretion. How does one wield it responsibly?
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Fast Fashion Isn’t the Fashion Industry’s Only Problem

Our addiction to cheap, disposable clothing is unsustainable, and the bill is coming due.
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Praise and Resentment: The Moral of ‘Bad Art Friend’

Is there a basic truth, fundamental fact, or obvious lesson that might be hiding behind all this pettiness?
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The Ethics of Protest Trolling

Can this kind of intentional interference be defended as legitimate activism?