Language, People, Influence
One direction we'll look at is motivated by the question of what information achieves widespread public awareness. We consider whether, and how, the way in which the information is phrased --- the choice of words and sentence structure --- can affect this process. In other words (so to speak), we'll investigate how wording alone can influence which movie quotes catch on, which tweets get more attention, and which Facebook posts generate more comments.
And, to show how people from many walks of life, from Supreme Court justices to behind-the-scenes editors of Wikipedia, reveal aspects of themselves through even the most subtle differences in phrasing, we'll explore how power relationships are subtly revealed by how much one person echoes the linguistic style of the other, even seemingly non-conscious levels.