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What if the next collusion investigation hinges on emoji?

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The specificity of Donald Trump Jr.'s email chain is what makes it so damning. 

On Tuesday, the oldest son of the president published emails (obtained beforehand by The New York Times) in which he wrote to a friend who was serving as liaison between the Trump campaign and a Russian lawyer with connections to the Russian government. The emails show Trump Jr. had reason to believe he was being offered Moscow's help to get his father into the White House in 2016, and he responded to that information by writing, "if it's what you say I love it..."

Email is a medium that lends itself to this kind of specificity. As Farhad Manjoo of The New York Times recently wrote, "It preserves time, location and state of mind." For all of email's issues, this may prove to be a great thing for the future integrity of American democracy. But as messaging platforms such as Slack slowly eat away at email's dominance in the field of professional correspondence, that specificity may not be something we enjoy for much longer. What happens when, perhaps sooner than we think, the next text-based scandal breaks and leaves Americans deciphering a slew of Slack messages full of emoji? What if, instead of writing, "I love it," Trump Jr. Read more...

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