Political Tag Clouds

November 29, 2008

FDR’s “On the Currency Situation” (Sunday, October 22, 1933)

Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Fourth Fireside Chat. Part of our Fireside Chat Project, you can see the others here.

Original text can be found at http://www.mhric.org/fdr/chat4.html

Process notes: tag cloud created using wordle.net. United States changed to UnitedStates, $ or dollar changed to dollars, % or per cent changed to percent, and NRA changed to National Recovery Administration (mainly because modern readers might have identified it as National Rifle Association).

November 25, 2008

George W. Bush’s Weekly Radio Address (November 14, 2008)

Transcript taken from here. This is part of a series on White House Radio Addresses, you can compare it against others from this fall here.

Process notes: “market” and “markets” were combined for improved frequency analysis, as were “economy” and “economies.” No other changes made. Tag cloud generated by Wordle.net.

November 12, 2008

George W. Bush’s Third “State of the Union” Address (January 28, 2003)

Transcript taken from here. This is part of a project on George W. Bush’s State of the Union addresses, others are visible here.

Process notes: Tag cloud created by Wordle.net. Some words combined into phrases for improved frequency analysis: “Saddam Hussein” is combined as “SaddamHussein,” “Al Qaeda” is combined as “AlQaeda,” “United States” is combined as “UnitedStates.” “Million,” when used with a number, is combined with that number (so “92 million” is counted as “92million,” but “a million” is treated separately.) Possessive apostrophes have been removed along with their accompanying “s”s, so “America’s” is counted along with “America,” for instance.

November 9, 2008

FDR’s “On the Purposes and Foundations of the Recovery Program” (Monday, July 24, 1933)

Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Third Fireside Chat. See the others here.

Process notes: worker changed to workers, employer changed to employers, principle changed to principles, planning or plans changed to plan, industrial or industries changed to industry, foundations changed to foundation, farmers or farming or farms changed to farm, employer changed to employers, efforts changed to effort, agreement changed to agreements.

Read the original text at http://www.mhric.org/fdr/chat3.html.

November 8, 2008

George W. Bush’s Weekly Radio Address (October 25, 2008)

Transcript taken from here. This is part of a series on White House Radio Addresses, you can compare it against others from this fall here.

Process notes: tag cloud created at Wordle.net. All multi-word proper nouns (“Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation,” “United States” etc.) have been treated as compound words (“FederalDepositInsuranceCorporation,” “UnitedStates,” etc.), no other changes made.

October 30, 2008

George W. Bush’s Weekly Radio Address (October 18, 2008)

Transcript taken from here. This is part of a series of White House Radio Addresses, you can compare it against others from this fall here.

Process notes: tag cloud created by Wordle.net. Some words and phrases combined for improved frequency analysis: “700 billion” is now “700billion,” “government” and “government’s” are combined as “government.”

October 23, 2008

FDR’s “Outlining the New Deal Program” (Sunday, May 7, 1933)

This is the 2nd of thirty Fireside Chats Franklin Delano Roosevelt gave between March 12, 1933 and June 12, 1944. It is part of our FDR Fireside Chat project.

The text is unaltered, and was taken from this transcript:
http://www.mhric.org/fdr/chat2.html

October 21, 2008

George Bush’s State of the Union Address, Jan 29, 2002 (“Axis of Evil” speech)

First of a project of Bush’s State of the Union addresses. Transcript taken from http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2002/01/20020129-11.html.

Some process notes: Tag cloud created using Wordle.net. Some words combined into phrases for a more precise frequency analysis: “September the 11th” is combined as “SeptemberThe11th,” “United States” is combined as “UnitedStates,” “Thank you” is combined as “ThankYou.” “American” and “terrorist,” when used as adjectives, have been combined with their nouns (so “American people” is now “Americanpeople,” for instance). Possessive apostrophes have been removed along with their accompanying “s”s, so “Afghanistan’s” is counted along with “Afghanistan,” for instance.

October 17, 2008

FDR’s “On the Bank Crisis” (Sunday, March 12, 1933

This is the first of 30 Fireside Chats Franklin Delano Roosevelt gave between March 12, 1933 and June 12, 1944.

The text is unaltered, and was taken from this transcript:
http://www.mhric.org/fdr/chat1.html

October 16, 2008

George W. Bush’s Weekly Radio Address (October 11, 2008)

Transcript of address taken from here. Compare against the last two Bush radio addresses here. Zeitgeist report: “package” is out, “market” is in. “Taxpayers” is out, “Americans” is in. “Financial” is big in the cloud for three weeks and counting.

Process notes: Word gloud generated via Wordle.net. “United States” is now “UnitedStates,” “Federal Reserve” and “Fed” are now both “FederalReserve,” “$” is now “USD,” all organizations (“World Bank,” “Securities and Exchange Commission,” etc.) are treated as compound words (“SecuritiesandExchangeCommission,” etc), “American” commonly joined with its noun (so “American” when used for “American people” is separate from “American” when used for “American businesses”). Final cloud is 99 words, and not all process changes influenced the final cloud.

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