Feller Speaks to Time Mag About Twitter and a New Political Discourse

A recent Time magazine article explored how President Donald Trump’s tweets — particularly those used to criticize others — fit into presidential history.

The story quoted Daniel Feller, a UT professor of history and director of the Papers of Andrew Jackson.

Thanks to the president’s unique use of Twitter, thoughts that were once revealed privately can be easily broadcast to the public. And that makes statements made on the social media platform a new kind of political discourse.

Feller noted that not even the controversial President Andrew Jackson, one of Trump’s favorite historical figures, spoke like that publicly. “Jackson especially despised criticism of women,” Feller says, “which he thought was cowardly.”