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Flowers are laid near the scene of a mass shooting during a Fourth of July parade in Highland Park, Ill. Jim Vondruska/Getty Images

Scapegoating rap hits new low after July Fourth mass shooting

Since rap music emerged in mainstream culture in the late 1980s, politicians have derided its lyrics and imagery as violent. Over the years, rap has become an easy target to blame for violence.
Elon Musk’s moment of triumph is a moment of uncertainty for the future of one of the world’s leading social media platforms. AP Photo/John Raoux

Elon Musk’s plans for Twitter could make its misinformation problems worse

Twitter, more than other social media platforms, fosters real-time discussion about events as they unfold. That could change now that Musk has gained control of the company.
A lawsuit filed on April 12 alleges that Tesla CEO Elon Musk illegally delayed disclosing his stake in Twitter so he could buy more shares at lower prices. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

If Elon Musk succeeds in his Twitter takeover, it would restrict, rather than promote, free speech

Elon Musk’s attempt to take over Twitter uses free speech as the motivation, but research shows that unregulated online spaces result in increased harassment for marginalized users.
More discussion is needed about how power shapes access to learning and speaking in a university environment. (Shutterstock)

Academic freedom can’t be separated from responsibility

When speakers seek to responsibly disseminate knowledge they must be aware of their audience and how what they are saying may resonate.

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