Anita’s Angle: Facebook and the ‘post-truth’ era

This past week, Facebook’s market value dropped by $58 billion as it was revealed that the data of 50 million users was wrongfully obtained and misused by the political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica. Although Facebook has had many scrapes with the laws on privacy, including a consent decree with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in […]

Op-Ed: Tragedy of the commons

When the internet first premiered, its upside was limitless. This was especially true in the political science community, where the internet was seen as a great equalizer and unifier. In his 1998 paper, “Can technology save democracy?”, Tracy Westen predicted that the internet would create more democratic participation by providing the platform for issue-based campaigns. According to […]

The Elephant in the Room: I sat outside and it wasn’t raining!

It’s getting to that point in the semester where bursts of motivation are few and far between for me. Although I’m really supposed to be memorizing the definitions of the Protestant work ethic and the spirit of capitalism for my sociological theory exam tomorrow, I somehow just got sucked into a hole of watching videos of baby […]

Tufts by Numbers: Meme Count

As of Wednesday evening, the Tufts Memes for Quirky Queens Facebook group had 4,756 members – a shocking number, considering that there are only 5,438 Tufts undergrad students. Also shocking is that this number increased by 100 people within the previous twenty-four hours. This means that if every member of the Tufts Memes for Quirky Queens group is […]

After hiatus, Tuftslife relaunches, revamps for new semester

When looking for events and activities, Tufts students cast a wide net over a range of online sources, including the school’s official events page, students’ and organizations’ Twitter posts and club or class pages on Facebook. Upperclassmen may recall an older online source:, a student-run website that compiled campus news, events and listings, serving as an online information hub for all […]

Op-Ed: Revel In The End

Well shoot. As the year is winding down, and everyone is stressed out of their minds … I’m just gonna avoid that for now. At the end of the year it makes me sad how everyone wants to get out of here. Don’t get me wrong, I want to too. But I do wish we […]

Ecuadorian community unites to rally support in earthquake aftermath

Students from Tufts For Ecuador have been working to mobilize the Tufts community to assist relief efforts in Ecuador in the aftermath of the 7.8 magnitude earthquake on April 16, which has caused upwards of 650 deaths. The group’s first fundraising event, which raised $2,000, served as the inaugural event for a larger campaign among university students in the Boston area. The fundraiser, held […]

Safety concerns emerge following local “catfishing” incidents

Various university offices have received multiple reports from Tufts students who were “approached by non-Tufts affiliates falsely representing themselves either in person and/or through social media dating sites as Tufts students,” according to a Feb. 9 email to Tufts students. This phenomenon of online misrepresentation is also known as “catfishing.” The email was co-authored by Dean of Student Affairs […]