The language of lying

patrickschultz

Social Media

A wooden Pinocchio puppet, long nose pointing to the right.

If rhetoric is the art of persuasion, one might see lying as one of the most sophisticated – though not noble – rhetorical activities. Lying is, after all, persuading someone to believe in something that the speaker knows not to be true. How do we do that?

A visit to uncanny valley

patrickschultz

Digital Archiving

This image shows a humanoid robot called Repliee Q2.

In a post last semester, we used a digital archive to create new objects by designing a little tweeting machine. This technique – using an archive to create an “intelligent” machine – is not only useful for such coding exercises or publicity stunts like the Next Rembrandt. These computational methods are also at the heart of one of Silicon Valley’s trendiest technologies: the interactive “chat bot”. Everyone does bots – short for “robots” – now: at its most recent developer conference, Facebook

Cool Tools: Online Mind Mapping

patrickschultz

Uncategorized

Mind maps are a useful tool for students to organize their thoughts, papers, or both. There is a wide variety of mind mapping software now, among them Novamind  and Vue that are installed on our lab computers. (We also have several lesson plans that involve mind maps).

Talking Republican: Analyzing the GOP debate

patrickschultz

Data

Donald Trump, business man and politician, pointing at the camera while debating in Washington in 2011.

Here, we present a computational analysis of language use in the Republican debate, looking at each candidate’s rhetorical style. Donald Trump, it turns out, is a man of many, but short words; John Kasich loves asking questions; and Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz rely a lot on emotionally charged language.