Sarah Palin vs Joe Biden

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I took the transcript from Sarah Palin's VP acceptance speech at last night's Republican convention (top) and compared it to the VP acceptance transcript given by Joe Biden from the Democratic convention (bottom) using wordle.

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  1. Rob LaRosa (Roaming Vegas) 80 months ago | reply

    I wish wordle would combine Americans and American into one entry for Biden's speech. Interesting that the word Palin appears so much in Palin's own speech.

  2. Nathan Rein 80 months ago | reply

    It also looks as though Wordle is case-sensitive. In Palin's speech, I notice both "boos" and "Boos" (presumably transcribing audience reactions).

  3. carljohnson 80 months ago | reply

    Nice use of Wordle.

  4. JeremyHall 80 months ago | reply

    I find it interesting how much the words John McCain appear in Biden's speech. That, along with the ubiquitous "change" really jump out at me outside of the obvious Barack and Obama that you would expect.

  5. MOVED TO PIXELENS FOLLOW ME THERE! [deleted] 80 months ago | reply

    This is very cool... nice visual comparison.

    @Nathan Rein: LMAO!

  6. dart5150 80 months ago | reply

    Very cleaver.

  7. ontarioemperor 80 months ago | reply

    This actually illustrates a valuable use of these technologies. We think of them as games, but this shows, in a very clear way, what is important to these two people.

  8. hlkljgk 80 months ago | reply

    thanks. nice use of wordle.

  9. suzerain 80 months ago | reply

    Well...ontario emperor...not sure if it really shows what is important to them. More like it shows us what their handlers and speech writers tell them what they think is important to us.

  10. torbakhopper 80 months ago | reply

    american politicks are always good for a laugh
    me, i'm voting for general electric!

  11. twosensechris 80 months ago | reply

    I just wanted to add a comment that the Palin wordle shown isn't exactly correct. I think you took the audience chants (particularly the prominent "USA") into consideration and not specifically the just the text of the speech. That's why "USA" is so prominent. However, I was intrigued enough by this concept to do the same with just the speech text and get a different (but not by much) wordle of her speech. Biden's was the same. Anyway, excellent eye-opener! Thanks.

  12. thespark17 80 months ago | reply

    I'm a McCain/Palin supporter, but I would agree that the inclusion of the word "USA" (as wells as the boos) is a little decieving, it wasn't really part of her speech so much as part of the atmosphere. I did a wordle of the speech that was just the speech transcribed here:
    Other than that exception though, it's a very interesting comparison.

  13. trialsanderrors 79 months ago | reply

    what's the thing about never mentioning your opponent by name...?

  14. peepics2008 79 months ago | reply

    Thanks for using CC!! Used in this blog post:

  15. jovial_cynic 79 months ago | reply

    thanks for posting under a CC license - using it here:

  16. DerrickT 79 months ago | reply

    STEPHANOPOULOS: You were asked, "Is he ready?" You said, "I think he can be ready, but right now I dont believe he is. The presidency is not something that lends itself to on-the- job-training."

    BIDEN: I think that I stand by that statement.


    THE END.

  17. rainbowtuner 79 months ago | reply

    Words are useless, actions and policies are what will count.

  18. flickr is cool ! [deleted] 79 months ago | reply

    nice typography !

  19. shutter viking1 78 months ago | reply

    Marxist go home.

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