CNN, Jan. 5, 2019
China’s Xi Jinping begins his most important year at his weakest point
“As in recent years, even the most roundabout references to the event get censors worked up and maybe even lead to arrests,” Jeff Wasserstrom, Chancellor’s Professor of History at UC Irvine, told CNN. … Wasserstrom said Trump’s opposition to China’s economic development might be the one silver lining for Xi in a difficult situation. “Economic times are going to get tougher in China and this leads to discontent. But now there’s an ability to blame a lot of those hard times on the US,” he said.
MSN, Jan. 4, 2019
Watching too much hurricane news can leave you stricken with stress, study says
Watching the news to brace for a hurricane is a fact of life for us Floridians, but you need to be careful not to stay glued to all those media reports. Because if you do, you’re more likely to succumb to stress and mental health problems after the storm. “A steady diet of media while anticipating the disaster is not psychologically helpful,” said Roxane Cohen Silver, professor of psychological science and co-author of the study.
CNBC, Jan. 4, 2019
Supreme Court to hear two partisan gerrymandering cases that could reshape the way congressional districts are drawn
Experts have said that the addition of Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the bench could make it more likely that the court largely allows partisan gerrymandering to continue. “We don’t know what Justice Kavanaugh thinks specifically about partisan gerrymandering, but his general ideological orientation makes me very skeptical he’d vote to have courts enter this ‘political thicket,’” wrote Rick Hasen, an election law expert and professor at the University of California, Irvine, in a tweet on Thursday.
PRI, Jan. 4, 2019
Muslim women chart their own path in #MeToo era
Jeanine Erikat, a senior at the University of California, Irvine, said the group had a meaningful impact on her as a Muslim. “HEART opened up a big space that’s been missing on our campus for people to talk about sex and sexual violence without having to worry about how I’m perpetuating Islamophobic stereotypes about Muslim men or how oppressed I am,” said the 22-year-old majoring in public health sciences and history. Erikat later became a fellow at HEART’s university chapter, building relationships with different departments on campus, including the Campus Assault Resources and Education, to help non-Muslim counselors cater to Muslim students’ needs.
Pacific Standard, Jan. 4, 2019
Fake News Works Because We Yearn To Conform
Cailin O’Connor argues that focusing on cognitive failings misses something more important. The more serious problem, as she and co-author James Owen Weatherall argue in their new book, The Misinformation Age: How False Beliefs Spread, is our deep-seated need to adhere to community, and then to conform to that community’s consensus views. … O’Connor and Weatherall, who both teach the philosophy of science at the University of California–Irvine …. describe the ways that the Internet has intensified this problem, and offer some admittedly radical ideas to combat it.
Previously “In the News”