Best Posts of the Week: Dec. 5 to Dec. 9

Tech that speaks vol­umes. @TweetRupal’s research gives voice to the speech impaired @washingtonpost — Pres­i­dent Aoun (@PresidentAoun) December 7, 2016 First exper­i­ment on phys­ical human-​​​​robot col­lab­o­ra­tion with @NASA_Johnson Valkyrie. Kudos […]

How Donald Trump is changing presidential communication

How might President-​​Elect Donald Trump’s com­mu­ni­ca­tion tac­tics change the future of pres­i­den­tial com­mu­ni­ca­tion? One expert says, “Trump’s use of Twitter is more evo­lu­tion than rev­o­lu­tion. It’s his lan­guage that is rev­o­lu­tionary, and I sus­pect that lan­guage will per­ma­nently alter polit­ical com­mu­ni­ca­tion styles.” We spoke with jour­nalism and polit­ical sci­ence experts to find out more.

Want the most telling presidential polling data? Professor says turn to Twitter

Knowing society’s con­stant demand for imme­diate, real-​​time infor­ma­tion, assis­tant pro­fessor of polit­ical sci­ence Nick Beauchamp devel­oped a model that uses tweets to gauge public opinion of can­di­dates more quickly than tra­di­tional polls.

3Qs: How to tame the Twitter haters

A score of Twitter users were banned by the social media ser­vice last week for hurling a spate of vile remarks at Ghost­busters star Leslie Jones. To find out how online anonymity affects the way people act toward each other and what social media sites like Twitter could do to curb tar­geted attacks, we turned to North­eastern assis­tant pro­fessor Joseph Reagle, an expert on internet trolling.