"While HBO has shown that global TV blockbusters are now possible, they aren't likely to become common practice. Internet-distributed services that are building a global subscriber base-–such as Netflix and Amazon Video-–have a clear advantage in this regard," wrote Amanda Lotz, professor of communication studies and screen arts and cultures, in an op-ed on the worldwide popularity of HBO's "Games of Thrones."
"The single thing we can be absolutely sure about with a bill like this is that it would increase hardship significantly for struggling families," said Luke Shaefer, director of Poverty Solutions and associate professor of social work and public policy, regarding a congressional plan to slash food stamps and welfare spending by tightening eligibility requirements.
"Depression is a negative view of self, of the world and of the future. Everything is sort of being seen through dark-colored glasses. … It's pretty common, when people are depressed, for them to think that no one understands them ― and that's a really tough place to be," said John Greden, professor of psychiatry.
A story about the need for more doctors with disabilities and their positive impact on patient care featured medical student Molly Fausone; Philip Zazove, professor of family medicine; and Michael McKee, assistant professor of family medicine.
"It's relatively easy and painless for businesses to pledge their allegiance to the Paris climate accord. For one thing, the agreement is nonbinding and has no enforcement mechanism, so talk can be sold on the cheap. We also live in a time when it makes decreasing economic sense for companies to rely on greenhouse gas-intense fuel sources when more climate-friendly options, such as natural gas and renewables, are cheaper," wrote Joe Arvai, professor of environment and sustainability and director of the Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise.
The Globe and Mail (Canada)
The Senate health care bill will "either mean coverage for fewer people or fewer services. And if those essential health benefits like maternity care and contraception aren't protected, women and children could be in real danger of losing care," said Michelle Moniz, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology.
"Self-driving vehicles are constantly monitoring the roads, and they're never drunk or distracted," said Brandon Schoettle, project manager at the U-M Transportation Research Institute.
The Wall Street Journal
"A common reaction to kids who are living in lower socioeconomic-status environments and going to lower socioeconomic-status schools is to sort of remediate or make the curriculum lower order or less challenging. I think pretty much the opposite is the way to go," said Nell Duke, professor of education.
The New York Times
"Most Democrats expect a recession over the next year, and most Republicans expect economic growth. That has been the big news: about how Democrats and Republicans shifted almost totally and instantly with the election of Trump," said Richard Curtin, director of the Surveys of Consumers at the Institute for Social Research.
The Washington Post
"In reality, the travel ban remains largely enjoined. If (travelers) didn't have a real connection — a job, or enrollment at a school, or a family member — they wouldn't be able to get visas. Most of the travel that's covered by the travel ban remains stayed. I think the Trump administration is spinning," said Margo Schlanger, professor of law.
The Guardian (U.K.)