3Qs: Video game ruling may strengthen alignment of two industries

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a Cal­i­fornia law ban­ning the sale of vio­lent video games to chil­dren is uncon­sti­tu­tional. Here, Cyn­thia Baron, aca­d­emic director of the dig­ital media pro­gram at Northeastern’s Col­lege of Pro­fes­sional Studies, dis­cusses First Amend­ment cases in the gaming industry, how the newest ruling may affect the video game rating system and whether chil­dren are capable of judging computer-​​generated violence.

3Qs: When funny turns un-​​funny

Come­dian Tracy Morgan, known for his role as Tracy Jordan on the sitcom “30 Rock,” was widely crit­i­cized ear­lier this month after he made homo­phobic com­ments during a comedy show in Nashville. Some argue that people shouldn’t be upset by come­dians’ offen­sive remarks. Others find this kind of comedy any­thing but funny. Here, North­eastern com­mu­ni­ca­tion studies lec­turer William Lan­caster sheds some light on why offen­sive comedy is so common — and what’s really wrong with it.