When companies get political, 4 factors affect profit

The impact of corporate sociopolitical activism on a company's bottom line depends on how the activism aligns with key groups, research finds.

Andy Ober-U. Arizona • futurity
July 7, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: business politics marketing money consumers featured society-and-culture

TikTok teens and the Trump campaign: How social media amplifies political activism and threatens election integrity

If teenagers organizing on social media can hamper a presidential campaign rally, how challenging is it to manipulate elections?

Anjana Susarla, Associate Professor of Information Systems, Michigan State University • conversation
June 30, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: social-media politics donald-trump activism political-activism black-lives-matter campaigning k-pop filter-bubble tiktok political-campaigns

Podcast panel: Anti-racism protests inspire hope for the future

An expert panel digs into undercurrents of the widespread anti-racism protests. Here's why the renewed activism makes them hopeful.

U. Chicago • futurity
June 24, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: politics united-states racism featured society-and-culture police-officers race-and-ethnicity protests

Fake news may increase trust in government

While consuming online misinformation cuts trust in mainstream news media, for some, it actually boosts trust in the federal government.

Megan Schumann-Rutgers • futurity
June 19, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: politics internet journalism trust society-and-culture

Conservation could create jobs post-pandemic

The Trump administration is rolling back environmental regulations, claiming it's good for the economy. But research shows that conservation is better both for public health and for job creation.

Heidi Peltier, Research Professor in Political Science; Faculty Research Fellow at the Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, Boston University • conversation
June 18, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: energy environment conservation politics funding donald-trump economy jobs parks trump-administration research clean-energy forestry job-creation environmental-protections

Political divide turns everyday stuff into symbols

Political polarization is starting to work like an oil spill, according to a new study. Otherwise neutral things, like football or lattes, take on a political valence.

Matt Swayne-Penn State • futurity
June 10, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: politics united-states society-and-culture beliefs

Clayborn Carson: Leaders turn protest into change

Historian and civil rights scholar Clayborn Carson breaks down why leaderless protest can be a strength and a weakness in the context of our current moment.

Melissa De Witte-Stanford • futurity
June 5, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: politics history united-states racism featured society-and-culture race-and-ethnicity protests

To fight climate change, eco groups get political

Environmental non-governmental organizations are moving beyond conservation and getting into politics to advocate for climate action, a study shows.

Shirley Cardenas-McGill • futurity
June 3, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: climate-change conservation politics earth-and-environment

Coronavirus deaths in San Francisco vs. New York: What causes such big differences in cities' tolls?

Why one city suffers significantly more deaths than another isn't always obvious. A simple experiment shows how failing to consider certain factors can point policy makers in the wrong direction.

Brian W. Whitcomb, Associate Professor of Epidemiology, University of Massachusetts Amherst • conversation
June 2, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: health cities covid-19 coronavirus politics policy statistics data population modeling health-policy

Political donors want candidates to toe party lines

Political donors like candidates who stick with their party's positions, researchers find. Voters also tend to steer clear of candidates with extreme views.

Mike Cummings-Yale • futurity
May 27, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: politics money government society-and-culture beliefs elections

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