Aesthetics, Art, & Ethics

Controversies over the nature and value of various art forms and practices

Sex, Drugs, and Hijabs on Netflix

Sex, Drugs, and Hijabs on Netflix

September 21, 2020

Is Netflix's "Elite" a case of creative filmmaking or Muslim stereotyping? Read More
Picturing Justice for Kalief Browder

Picturing Justice for Kalief Browder

August 17, 2020

What ethical worries accompany Jay-Z's attempt to document injustices in the American prison system? Read More
Written In Only to Be Excluded?

Written In Only to Be Excluded?

May 11, 2020

What are the ethics of screenwriting and diversity in hits like "Game of Thrones?" Read More
Images of Death in the Media

Images of Death in the Media

April 2, 2020

What ethical challenges arise when the media uses images of the dead? Read More
Powerful Art, Harmed Environments

Powerful Art, Harmed Environments

March 29, 2020

What if great art has to harm the environment to make its point? Read More
The Different Species of the Online Catfish

The Different Species of the Online Catfish

March 24, 2020

What ethical complexities circle around catfishing and online deception? Read More
Dramatization or Falsification?

Dramatization or Falsification?

February 17, 2020

How far can films about journalists push the truth for dramatic effects? Read More
To Release or Not to Release

To Release or Not to Release

January 22, 2020

What are the ethics of films that portray political assassinations in India? Read More
Cooperation and Compromise in the Artworld

Cooperation and Compromise in the Artworld

November 11, 2019

When can artists work with repressive governments to create valuable art? Read More
Halloween Hijinks and Internet Shaming

Halloween Hijinks and Internet Shaming

April 3, 2019

What ethical decisions await those dressing up for Halloween--and those reacting to racially insensitive costumes? Read More
Netflix and Kill

Netflix and Kill

March 14, 2019

What are the ethics of portraying heinous criminals in popular films? Read More
The Ethics of Computer-Generated Actors

The Ethics of Computer-Generated Actors

February 13, 2019

What ethical concerns arise when filmmakers use CGI to resurrect dead actors? Read More
When Does Artistic Creativity Become the Exploitation of Children?

When Does Artistic Creativity Become the Exploitat...

January 22, 2019

What ethical concerns arise when a prominent photographic artist uses her children in her work? Read More
“One Does Not Simply Create a Meme”

“One Does Not Simply Create a Meme”

January 14, 2019

When does the creation and sharing of internet memes go too far? Read More
When Actors Become Characters

When Actors Become Characters

November 26, 2018

What are the ethics of fictional works created by fans that involve real people as characters? Read More
Values Preserved in Stone

Values Preserved in Stone

November 7, 2018

What are the ethical issues surrounding Confederate memorials? Read More
Boldly Going Where Studios Have Gone Before

Boldly Going Where Studios Have Gone Before

October 31, 2018

When does fan fiction cross the line from inspired creativity to unethical stealing? Read More
#MeToo and the Arts

#MeToo and the Arts

July 18, 2018

What happens when the #MeToo movement meets the artworld? Read More
Fake News, Fake Porn, and AI

Fake News, Fake Porn, and AI

March 29, 2018

What are the ethical issues involved in the use of AI in creating fake video content? Read More
Suicide, Fiction, and Ethics

Suicide, Fiction, and Ethics

March 21, 2018

What are the ethical issues raised by Netflix's "13 Reasons Why"? Read More