Analyzing Trump’s 2018 SOTU

Back in 2013, I analyzed President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address after the contentious 2012 election campaign. I copied the transcript for his address and ran it through a word cloud generator (at the time, Wordle) to see what words he used more, and thus what ideas he emphasized in his speech. In…

Analyzing Obama’s 2013 SOTUS

Back after the election was determined, I used the tag cloud generator Wordle.net to analyze Barack Obama’s acceptance speech.  Just to follow-up, I decided that the same type of analysis would be usefully applied to Obama’s most recent big speech: his 2013 State of the Union Speech (SOTUS, as we now say in this Twitter,…

What’s the Impact of Political Memes?

This political season has been fraught with them: political memes.  Pictures and videos combined with political messages to comment on and/or parody some aspect of the various campaigns engulfing various parts of the nation.  From “binders full of women” to “the 47%”, people have been using social media and the phenomenon of Internet memes to…