Religious and ethical issues have dominated what has already been a huge year of news. In the first hot potatoes episode of 2019, the God Forbid panel looks back on the headlines and examines radicalisation, problematic artists and millennial burnout.
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In the wake of the Christchurch massacre, serious questions are being asked about hate speech, gun control and the regulation of social media. Do we treat some extremists differently to others, even though they may be equally as destructive to society? And what role do private social media companies have in regulating what is essentially public speech?
Many radio stations have pledged to never play Michael Jackson’s music again after allegations he perpetrated child sexual abuse in the documentary Leaving Neverland. When an artist does something abhorrent, should we stop appreciating their art? Perhaps, but this rule is applied inconsistently, and when it comes to artists long-passed, sometimes not at all.
In January, BuzzFeed’s article “How Millennials Became the Burnout Generation” went viral, and drew attention to the social and economic factors causing stress to young adults. Now the initial buzz has subsided, was there anything to the claims made in the piece?