3Qs: Trapped in social media ‘echo chambers’

Social media has become a go-​​to plat­form for people to express their opin­ions on the hot topics of the day. But in many cases, people are sharing those thoughts with those who have sim­ilar opin­ions. Here, assis­tant pro­fessor Brooke Fou­cault Welles explains how this trend cor­re­lates to offline debates.

3Qs: A perilous deal for the president

Ear­lier this week, Pres­i­dent Obama signed a bill passed by Con­gress that would raise the debt ceiling and avoid default. The com­bative nego­ti­a­tions that pre­ceded the deal, how­ever, high­lighted the deep polit­ical divide in Wash­ington. We asked Robert Gilbert, the Edward W. Brooke Pro­fessor in Northeastern’s Depart­ment of Polit­ical Sci­ence, to examine the polit­ical cli­mate in light of this deal, and what it means for the 2012 elections.