Category Archives: UMW in the News

Social media giant layoffs signal opportunity for online misinformation, bad faith attacks (Courthouse News Service)

Stephen Farnsworth, a political science professor at University of Mary Washington, said government officials will have to work harder to prove they are authority figures. Otherwise, social media websites will lose credibility.

“The word is out on far right platforms and elsewhere that content moderation is going to be loosened, and the volume of hate speech has increased as a result of a looser control,” he said. 

Social media giant layoffs signal opportunity for online misinformation, bad faith attacks (Courthouse News Service)

Opinion Column: Sorry, Virginia, we’re stuck with the Electoral College (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Opinion Column by Stephen J. Farnsworth and Emily Hemphill

Thanks to the Electoral College and to shifting partisan loyalties, Virginia enjoyed being “the belle of the ball” for three straight presidential elections: 2008, 2012 and 2016. During those years, Old Dominion voters found themselves frequently courted by presidential and vice-presidential candidates.

Column: Sorry, Virginia, we’re stuck with the Electoral College (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Virginia education department proposes major changes to social studies standards (Washington Post)

“This effort to revive social studies content is the latest in a series of efforts by the governor to shape education along the lines of his preferences,” said Stephen Farnsworth, a political scientist at the University of Mary Washington. “The governor may be walking into a fight with educators, but that can’t possibly be a surprise to him at this point.”

Virginia education department proposes major changes to social studies standards (Washington Post)