USC in the News

USC In the News 6/29/2017

The Washington Post featured an op-ed by Jonathan Taplin of the USC Annenberg School on differing approaches to antitrust regulation in Europe and the United States. He is the author of "Move Fast and Break Things: How Facebook, Google and Amazon Cornered Culture and Undermined Democracy." "The Europeans seem to be more resistant to Google’s lobbying power, perhaps because they have far more restrictive campaign finance laws," Taplin wrote.

The Wall Street Journal highlighted a study by the Center for Public Relations at the USC Annenberg School on how the public relations industry is distancing itself from the current White House communications team. According to the study, over 80 percent of PR professionals believe White House spokespeople "constantly change their views" and "distort the truth."

Fortune Magazine featured an op-ed by Philip Seib of the USC Annenberg School on how large technology companies are restricted in fighting terrorism. His book, "As Terrorism Evolves," will be published in October. "Those whom we might call 'top-level terrorists'—among them the leaders of Islamic State (IS) and Al Qaeda and their subsidiaries—survive because they are quick to adapt to changes in the physical and virtual battlespace," wrote Seib.

Quartz highlighted research by Stacy Smith of the USC Annenberg School on depictions of gender and race in film and television. The research found that of the 5,839 characters in the 129 top-grossing films released between 2006 and 2011, fewer than 30 percent were girls or women.

Fortune featured commentary by David Agus of Keck Medicine of USC detailing his work with the Biden Cancer Initiative to fight cancer. He is the founding director and CEO of USC's Lawrence J. Ellison Institute for Transformative Medicine. "Cancer is a complex disease that varies from person to person. While we have made significant progress with some cancers, the bigger battle remains, because far too many people have their lives shortened by this dreadful disease in its many forms," wrote Agus.

Huffington Post featured an op-ed by Ira Kalb of the USC Marshall School about the survival of retail stores in the age of online giants like Amazon. "Retailers have been suffering for quite some time as many buyers continue to shift their purchases from bricks and mortar stores to online", wrote Kalb.

National Public Radio quoted David Kang of the USC Dornsife College about the ironclad alliance between the United States and South Korea.

Los Angeles Times quoted David Kang of the USC Dornsife College on the meeting between President Trump and the new president of South Korea.

Los Angeles Times quoted Stephen Byars of the USC Marshall School on non-disparagement agreements.

KPCC-FM quoted Clifford Neuman of the USC Viterbi School about how automatic software updates can help spread malware.

U.S. News & World Report quoted Adam Feldman of the USC Gould School on the judicial style of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch.

San Francisco Chronicle quoted Sherry Bebitch Jeffe of the USC Price School on the fact that political parties villainize members of the other party to mobilize their base.

Los Angeles Times mentioned a report by Stacy Smith of the USC Annenberg School's Media, Diversity and Social Change Initiative about inequalities in the film industry.

News Works mentioned that Clifford Johnson of the USC Dornsife College has served as a science expert for Hollywood productions.

EdTech Magazine noted that researchers at USC are using the Internet of Things and other technology to explore concepts of personalized education.