Auto ‘politeness transfer’ softens blunt work messages

Drawing on thousands of emails from Enron, researchers have created a method to bring better manners to our communications via "politeness transfer."

Byron Spice-Carnegie Mellon • futurity
July 1, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: writing communication jobs computers science-and-technology society-and-culture social-lives rhetoric

How social media normalize hate and dehumanization

A new analysis of Facebook comments show how social media and identity can lead to hate and dehumanization of other people, step by step.

Matt Shipman-NC State • futurity
May 20, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: social-media politics facebook society-and-culture rhetoric identity

These words and views suggest who dehumanizes immigrants

The language Americans use and their support for certain policies like the death penalty indicate who's most likely to dehumanize immigrants.

Jim Barlow-Oregon • futurity
April 23, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: politics language immigrants united-states racism society-and-culture beliefs rhetoric

One way works best to help others through stress

To help a friend or family member get through stress, you should avoid certain kinds of messages, according to new research. Instead, try validation.

Katie Bohn-Penn State • futurity
March 26, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: stress communication emotions society-and-culture social-lives rhetoric

To garner trust in science, tell a story

Narrative makes scientists seem warmer and more trustworthy, researchers report. It's a strategy that could boost trust in science.

Bert Gambini-Buffalo • futurity
March 9, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: writing trust communication scientists emotions science-and-technology rhetoric

Scientists can foster trust by being ‘human’

Personal stories can help build trust in science communication, researchers say. But that means scientists have to trust their audience, too.

Eric Stann-Missouri • futurity
Feb. 20, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: trust communication research scientists science-and-technology beliefs rhetoric

Shocking Chicago meatpacking pics shifted public policy

Photojournalism revealed the adulterated products and other horrors of the Chicago meatpacking industry, sparking both the novel "The Jungle" and real change.

Chelsea Davis-Iowa State • futurity
Feb. 18, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: history food photography meat society-and-culture rhetoric images

Car crash news can sway who seems at fault

The specifc wording of news reports about car crashes can shift perceptions about what happened and who's to blame for the accident.

Texas A&M University • futurity
Jan. 30, 2020 ~2 min

Tags: journalism writing safety society-and-culture rhetoric vehicles

4 strategies for pitching ideas to your project leader

To successfully pitch creative ideas to your project leader, the first step is determining which of two creative types they are.

Julia Ann Easley-UC Davis • futurity
Jan. 15, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: jobs society-and-culture rhetoric workplaces creativity strategy

A.I. amplifies ‘help speech’ to fight hate speech online

Artificial intelligence can help fight hate speech online by boosting social media comments that support marginalized groups, researchers say.

Byron Spice-Carnegie Mellon • futurity
Jan. 15, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: social-media internet refugees society-and-culture rhetoric languages

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