Author Archives: Steve

Make Memes Great Again: dark, divisive and dank (The Columbia Chronicle)

As dubious as memes seem, they can be a reliable source for the up-and-coming generations of news junkies.

When consuming news in that way, Stephen Farnsworth, a political science professor at the University of Mary Washington in Virginia, said social media users have to rely on their best judgment when deciding whether a meme is a credible information source.

“A particularly unappealing image of a politician you do not like may not be all that useful for learning about the candidates and issues, but it is fun, maybe, to put forth images that make Donald Trump look stupid or make Hillary Clinton look mean,” Farnsworth said.

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With crucial Virginia pipeline votes looming, Northam stays out of water-quality debate (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

“There’s a reasonable chance there will be some ugly protests by environmentalists in these politically active times. That’s a risk that a Democratic governor shouldn’t want to take and shouldn’t need to take,” said Stephen Farnsworth, a professor of political science at the University of Mary Washington. “The public hearings coming up in the coming weeks are going to be problematic from the point of view of Northam’s political relationship with environmentalists.”

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