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WAMU Radio (Washington, D.C.)

Social media usage is at an all-time high. That could mean a nightmare for democracy

Pinar Yildirim of the Wharton School spoke about the uptick in social media usage amidst the pandemic and about its impact on politics. “If you asked me two months ago, I would have had very different predictions about social media’s role on the election,” she said. “But now it’s become the primary source of information and social communication.”


Inside Higher Ed

Education is a team sport

Peter Decherney of the School of Arts & Sciences and a Rice University colleague wrote about the role of university staff in supporting online education.


The Washington Post

Retiring to a sunny foreign vacation spot was the American dream. Now the coronavirus is forcing some expats to come back

Olivia Mitchell of the Wharton School said expat retirees tend to stay abroad until their health begins decline, at which point access to U.S. medical care and family becomes a high priority. “This epidemic may hasten that return flow for people on the edge of that, who are starting to struggle with taking care of themselves,” she said.


The Hill

Incentives for COVID recovery: A single-edged sword?

Chris William Sanchirico of the Law School wrote about Sen. Mitch McConnell’s efforts to pass legislation shielding employers from liability as businesses reopen and employees return to work.


Philadelphia Inquirer

Why many Philly students aren’t logging on for school, and what that could mean for September

Caroline Watts of the Graduate School of Education commented on the six weeks it took for the Philadelphia school district to distribute laptops to its students after Gov. Wolf ordered schools to close. “The greater the lag in the time off, the harder it is to engage students,” said Watts.