We may be a country founded on free speech, but our ongoing inability to define pornography and obscenity creates a grey area; inflammatory words employed knowingly for artistic and cultural reasons are verboten.
Don't get me wrong -- child pornography is terrible and water pollution is horrible. But chilling a witness with allegations that she's a child pornographer rather than a public-spirited whistleblower performing her civic duty is outrageous.
Conservatives are turning an exhibition at the Loveland Museum Gallery in Denver into a political action issue for the upcoming election. Most of those railing against it have never even seen the artwork.
By the looks of it, the "F-Bomb" has been lurking for some time now, but it took the Slate incident on SNL to help propel it further. Call me old-fashioned, but what ever happened to the old, reliable, and charged F-Word?
While many Americans have seen photos from Abu Ghraib, many have turned a blind-eye to their country's position on torture. Video games encourage us to engage deeply with complicated questions, torture among them.