As recently as 2013, widespread outrage forced PepsiCo to pull a commercial for Mountain Dew that featured a white assault victim and a police lineup of several African American men (along with one goat). Multiple critics deemed it the most racist ad ever.
The scene is familiar: Teenagers throw a forbidden house party, overflowing with alcohol. They dance, they laugh. Maybe someone throws up, makes unwanted advances, or crashes the family car on the ride home, but everything turns out fine at the end.
Executive-in-Residence Bill Bellows gives his students an exercise that shows just how connected we feel to our smartphones. He asks them all to take out their phones, and then to enter the password and hand the phone to a classmate. Not surprisingly, students recoil: Hand over my phone? But that’s my life in there!