Art, Aesthetics, & Ethics Case Studies


Sex, Drugs, and Hijabs on Netflix

Sex, Drugs, and Hijabs on Netflix

Is Netflix's "Elite" a case of creative filmmaking or Muslim stereotyping?
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Written In Only to Be Excluded?

Written In Only to Be Excluded?

What does the treatment of diversity in Game of Thrones teach us about the ethics of film?
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Cooperation and Compromise in the Artworld

Cooperation and Compromise in the Artworld

[CASE STUDY]: What ethical concerns arise when artists work with problematic governments?
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Netflix and Kill

Netflix and Kill

[CASE STUDY]: What are the ethics of portraying heinous criminals in popular films?
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The Ethics of Computer-Generated Actors

The Ethics of Computer-Generated Actors

[CASE STUDY]: What ethical concerns arise when filmmakers use CGI to resurrect dead actors?
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When Does Artistic Creativity Become the Exploitation of Children?

When Does Artistic Creativity Become the Exploitation of Children?

[CASE STUDY]: What ethical concerns arise when a prominent photographic artist uses her children in her work?
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“One Does Not Simply Create a Meme”

“One Does Not Simply Create a Meme”

[CASE STUDY]: When does the creation and sharing of internet memes go too far?
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Is It Only A Game?

Is It Only A Game?

[CASE STUDY]: First-person shooter video games are popular. But are they ethical to enjoy?
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When Actors Become Characters

When Actors Become Characters

[CASE STUDY]: What are the ethics of fictional works created by fans that involve real people as characters?
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Values Preserved in Stone

Values Preserved in Stone

[CASE STUDY]: What are the ethical issues surrounding Confederate memorials?
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