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"His tweets speak for themselves": an analysis of Donald Trump's Twitter behaviour

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posted on 21.07.2020, 09:12 by Suzanne Elayan, Martin Sykora, Tom Jackson
We used computational tools to explore president Donald Trump's tweeting habits and some of the effects they have on his Twitter followers as well as a small sample of mainstream media. To gain a comprehensive picture of Trump's tweeting habits as President of the United States, we have undertaken a study of Trump's personal @realDonaldTrump Twitter account, focusing on his campaign, the transition period before his presidency, and his first two hundred days in office. We employed three state-of-the-art computational tools to analyze sentiment, emotions, and psycholinguistic features in Trump's tweets as well as a manual semantic discourse analysis to decipher what it is about his communication methods that generates the highest responses and retweets. We found that during the first two hundred days of presidency, an accusative tone of discourse was most frequently used by @realDonaldTrump, and among a number of significant emotional patterns, we observed an intriguing correlation in that the more negative the overall message of a tweet, the more likely it is to be retweeted and favorited. We also find individual tweets to be discussed with high frequency in mainstream media and used data from the PTDC corpus (Political Twitter Discourse Corpus) consisting of 205,303 original tweets of all current US state governors, members of the US Senate, and members of Congress and found that Trump's tweeting style is significantly different along a central dimension of language on Twitter. Our findings suggest that the general public on Twitter responds more actively to negative language, and in turn the language on Twitter employed by Trump is highly emotional with more-than-expected emotion-bearing expressions.

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  • Business and Economics

Department

  • Business

Published in

The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Civic and Political Studies

Volume

15

Issue

1

Pages

11 - 35

Citation

Suzanne Elayan, Martin Sykora, Tom Jackson, 2020, "His tweets speak for themselves": an analysis of Donald Trump's Twitter behaviour, The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Civic and Political Studies, 15, 1, 11-35, https://doi.org/10.18848/2327-0071/cgp/v15i01/11-35

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The Fourth Reuters Institute International Journal of Press/Politics conference

Publisher

Common Ground Research Networks

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VoR (Version of Record)

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© Common Ground Research Networks, Suzanne Elayan, Martin Sykora, Tom Jackson

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This is an Open Access Article. It is published by Common Ground Research Networks under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Licence (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0). Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/. © Common Ground Research Networks, Suzanne Elayan, Martin Sykora, Tom Jackson, Some Rights Reserved, (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0). Permissions: cgscholar.com/cg_support.

Publication date

2020-01-01

Copyright date

2019

ISSN

2327-0071

eISSN

2327-2481

Language

en

Location

Oxford, UK

Event dates

10th October 2018 - 12th October 2018

Depositor

Dr Martin Sykora. Deposit date: 20 July 2020

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