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Popular music is meant to push boundaries. Much of the thrill of pop lies in playing with social and moral taboos and tackling subjects that might not be polite in plain conversation. Yet most people also have a sense that there should be limits, that certain songs or topics go too far. What responsibilities do musicians have to society? How do we decide what is “good” or “bad” music? What determines our tastes? In this Flash Seminar, we will consider the relationship between aesthetics and morality, thinking about how we listen to and filter controversial songs.