Tag Archives: ethics

Supercontext: The Trouble with Reality: A Rumination on Moral Panic in Our Time, by Brooke Gladstone


This long-form essay by one of the hosts of On the Media¬†argues that our current sociopolitical conflicts stem from a dissolution of facts and reality. We look at Gladstone’s manifesto for producing her radio show to unpack her project here, while considering her advice for bolstering our own personal realities.

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Supercontext: The Good Place, Season 1

A strange sculpture with a button on top is being prayed to (or celebrated) by a woman in a demure dress. Title

This mainstream television series may be about the afterlife, but it also serves as a platform for defining our morality here in the real world. We discuss the team behind its creation and how they crafted a narrative that avoids political correctness, while teaching us about ethics and positivity in a time of political trauma.

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Supercontext: Nightcrawler


This psychological thriller about an unethical photojournalist has us asking all kinds of questions. Are we complicit in the horrible narratives of the news? Do supportive families enable creative storytelling? And if the qualities of a villain are synonymous with “success” now, how do we tell the difference between a good guy and a bad guy?
 

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Supercontext: Uncle Barbecue: Kyle Kinane’s Confessionals


With the release of stand up comedian Kyle Kinane’s new album “Loose in Chicago,” we try to understand his process of mixing “scumbag stories” with contrarian confessions. And after a recent comedy show gone sour, we wonder what kind of etiquette to expect from live audiences.
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