Social Responsibility in the Digital Age: Sex Crimes, Jennifer Lawrence, and Rape Culture

Over the Labor Day weekend, while average US citizens were watching college football, cooking out, and enjoying the extra day away from work and school, a vile crime was committed against members of a particular group, who are, every day, simultaneously worshiped and reviled. At this point, it’s probably old news to you, but I’ll tell you the mainstream gist of it all: Jennifer Lawrence is now naked on the Internet. Continue reading

Thicke and Weird: the Politics Behind “Word Crimes”

Yesterday, as part of his #8videos8days campaign, Weird Al Yankovic debuted the second single from his new album, Mandatory Fun. On its surface, “Word Crimes”—a parody of Robin Thicke’s 2013 hit-single, “Blurred Lines”—is an anthem for Internet grammarians who constantly find themselves confronting English language fails, causing Merrill Barr over at Nerdist to declare, “[W]e all now have the perfect thing to send to people who, despite our protestations, continue to walk all over the English language.” For English majors, writers, and other members of the Grammar P.D., Yankovic’s new track is a godsend, if not for its utility, then for its comedic value. Continue reading