Tuesday, February 15, 2011

General Election Manifestos via Wordle

We've started using Wordle to examine public speeches and documents; these are useful for many subjects. In English, they're a fine way of starting to examine public rhetoric, and 'official' language. Look previously at President Obama's Tucson speech (compared to Sarah Palin), the 2010 Irish budget, and the Irish 'Four Year Plan'.

Fine Gael have just published their 2011 Irish General Election manifesto, completing the party line-up of documents. So here are the manifestos of Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael, the Labour Party, the Green Party, and Sinn Féin for comparison (looking for The Socialist Party one still). As always, click on the images for larger views. The larger the word, the more it is used in the document. Some might be interested in the relative smallness of 'Fianna Fáil' in that party's manifesto. Comments welcome below the post (moderated).
Fianna Fáil
Fine Gael
Labour Party
Sinn Féin
The Green Party


JL Pagano said...

Could you increase the resolution on the Fianna Fáil one please I can't quite make out the word "sorry"...

Seriously though, good work!

SCC English Department said...

Nice one. Thanks!

Peter Lydon said...

Excellent. And very interesting.

SCC English Department said...

Thanks, Peter.