‘Tear down this wall’ was almost cut from Reagan speech

President Ronald Reagan's 1987 call to Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to "tear down this wall" came close to being left unsaid.

Melissa De Witte-Stanford | Nov. 8, 2019 | futurity
~8 mins   

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In 2016, top GOP candidates used this Twitter strategy

The last two Republicans standing in the 2016 presidential primaries were Trump and Kasich. A trove of Twitter data shows they employed the same strategy.

Bert Gambini-Buffalo | Oct. 29, 2019 | futurity
~7 mins   

Tags: society-and-culture elections politics rhetoric social-media twitter

Uncertainty can actually boost trust in climate science

Ranges and best- and worse-case scenarios are more effective ways to communicate uncertainty in climate science, research finds.

Melissa De Witte-Stanford | Oct. 17, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment society-and-culture beliefs climate-change rhetoric science trust

Why politically incorrect speech works in politics

New research identifies how using politically incorrect speech can benefit politicians on both sides.

UC Berkeley | Sept. 6, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: society-and-culture beliefs emotions politics rhetoric speech

Talk about loss to boost support for environmental causes

New research highlights a way of talking about environmental causes that appeals to both liberals and conservatives.

Jim Logan-UC Santa Barbara | Aug. 5, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment conservation emotions politics public-policy rhetoric

Saying this may help young men prevent sexual violence

New research identifies a successful way for guy friends to speak up about sexual violence.

Anna Varela - Georgia State | June 17, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: society-and-culture communication morals relationships rhetoric social-lives violence

News pics of refugees don’t tell the whole story

"There needs to be a greater discussion on telling the broader story—a migrant's story doesn't end once they cross the sea or make it through the border."

Cailin Riley-Missouri | May 30, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

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Why progressive candidates should talk like conservatives

Framing messages about economic policies around the values of the other party can help politicians win support, research finds.

Melissa De Witte-Stanford | May 20, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: society-and-culture elections politics rhetoric united-states

1 strategy looks best for climate change persuasion

What's the best way to convince people that climate change is real, the result of human actions, and an urgent problem? One tactic may work best.

Jeremy Craig-Georgia State | May 2, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment climate-change money politics rhetoric

To get teens off junk food, tap into their outrage

"Anyone who has spent time around teenagers knows how powerful their feelings of outrage can be." That outrage could even defeat junk food marketing.

Rachel Griess-Texas | April 22, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

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