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Student groups created web projects to explore questions raised in class around the theme of “Defending Society.” The projects each studied a controversy around a work of fiction, policies around disseminating fictional texts, or, in the case of gun control, the communicative failures around policy issues.

Policy and Technology:

Projects in this group took a more literal approach to “Defending Society,” beginning with the “Done With Guns” project on the rhetoric surrounding gun control. The Net Neutrality project explored the implications on censorship and free speech of deregulating the Obama-era policies which kept ISPs from slowing down traffic for specific websites. Censorship and Media looks at books, film, and policy to nuance ideas around censorship.

Done With GunsĀ 

Net Neutrality

Censorship and Media

Violence and Suicide

Projects in this group discussed the commodification of suicide and violence in two popular Netflix series. They weighed the potential gains of raising awareness through on-screen depiction of suicide and violence versus the downside of romanticization and normalization.

Commit Awareness

Why 13 Reasons, Why Not?

Altered Carbon

Representations of Sexism, Homophobia, and Racism in Popular Culture.

The projects in this group asked whether or not representations of racism, homophobia, and sexism in several films and television series promote discriminatory behavior in real life.

A Case For The Office

TheĀ Get Out Controversy

Sexism and Homophobia in Sitcoms: The New Girl and Friends

Racism in Film: Django Unchained and Get Out

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia Analysis

Politics and Religion

Projects in this group explored the role of political and religious bias in the comedy of South Park and Forrest Gump

Politics in Forrest Gump

Mothers Against South Park