Linguistic data science analysis of state if the union address

The State of The Guardian’s SOTU Infographic Is…Dumber
By Emily Elert,

This chart tells you that “the linguistic standard of the presidential address has declined” over time. The problem is, it’s wrong.

Yes­ter­day, as a run-up to Obama’s State of the Union address, The Guardian pub­lished an inter­ac­tive…

RT @PopSci: Cool infographic about the linguistics of the State of the Union! Except it’s wrong.

Open government movement

government movement
by Dennis O’Reilly,

In his first term, President Obama started to make good on his pledge to improve government transparency. But a truly open government depends on citizens actively ensuring that all public agencies share information and respond to feedback.


Why military weapons don’t belong in our communities

Obama: `Weapon of War’ Has No Place in American Communities
Bloomberg By The Numbers » 15.5 How many points the Bloomberg Consumer Comfort index rose in the past 17 weeks.,

Pho­to­graph by Scott Olson/Getty Images

A “weapon of war” — Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s term today for the semi-automatic assault rifle used in the slay­ing of school­child­ren and edu­ca­tors in New­town, Con­necti­cut, a weapon that he is urg­…

How Cultural Cognition Can Inform the Gun Conversation

Like the debate on climate change and other societally important issues caught in the maw of our culture wars, the discourse on guns and violence has had a depressing, unchanging quality. Here’s President Obama two years ago: You see, when a trage…

How Cultural Cognition Can Inform the Gun Conversation

How information science empowered Obama’s reelection

When the Nerds Go Marching In
James Fallows,

How a dream team of engineers from Facebook, Twitter, and Google built the software that drove Barack Obama’s reelection

The Obama cam­paign’s tech­nol­o­gists were tense and tired. It was game day and every­thing was going wrong.

Josh Thay­er…

When the Nerds Go Marching In – Alexis C. Madrigal – The Atlantic

Fox News tries to ditch conservative propaganda

Fox News adjusts to new reality as it faces four more years of Obama
Paul Harris in New York,

It’s the go-to network for outraged conservatives – but now Fox News has benched two high-profile pundits, and shown signs of retreat. Is the US’s biggest cable news network going moderate?

For America’s liberals, it is the tantalising cherry on…

RT @guardian: Fox News adjusts to new reality as it faces four more years of Obama, reports @PaulxHarris for @GuardianUS

Obama campaign sparks new political tech startups

The Obama start-ups

Innovation and electioneering

Techniques from the president’s election campaigns have spawned one lot of young firms

AT THE inau­gu­ra­tion ball held for staff of Barack Obama’s cam­paign team in Jan­u­ary 2009, the new pres­i­dent “told us al…

RT @TheEconomist: Techniques from the Barack Obama’s election campaigns have spawned one lot of young firms

Blame Wimpy for Slow U.S. Response to Climate Change

Wimpy (restaurant)
Wimpy (restaurant) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By Eric Roston,

In the halt­ing, mea­sured lan­guage we’ve come to expect from his impromp­tu pub­lic remarks, Pres­i­dent Obama posed a core dilem­ma of cli­mate change yes­ter­day at his first post-election press con­fer­ence. Explain­ing the pos­si­ble…

Blame Wimpy for Slow U.S. Response to Climate Change

Obama victory and tech industry

What Obama’s Victory Means for Tech
Brian Barrett,

Barack Obama’s vic­to­ry last night has far-reaching fis­cal, social, and mil­i­tary impli­ca­tions, all of which are famil­iar to any­one who kept at least one eye open dur­ing any of this year’s debates. But what do four more years mean for tech…

What Obama’s Victory Means for Tech

Built to win: Deep inside Obama

Built to win: Deep inside Obama’s campaign tech
Sean Gallagher,

The reelec­tion of Barack Obama was won by peo­ple, not by soft­ware. But in a con­test as close as last week’s elec­tion, soft­ware may have given the Obama for Amer­i­ca orga­ni­za­tion’s peo­ple a tiny edge—mak­ing them by some mea­sures more…

RT @NathanMattise: This is beautiful, classic @arstechnica: Inside @BarackObama’s campaign tech team #Obama2012

Obama tech crippled Romney campaign

How Team Obama’s tech efficiency left Romney IT in dust
Sean Gallagher,

Despite run­ning a cam­paign with about twice the money and twice the staff of Gov­er­nor Mitt Rom­ney’s pres­i­den­tial bid, Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s cam­paign under-spent Rom­ney’s on IT prod­ucts and ser­vices by $14.5 mil­lion, putting the…

Obama wins election of the nerds

Obama wins the nerdiest election ever
By Spencer Ackerman,


Con­grat­u­la­tions, Barack Obama: you have pre­vailed in the nerdi­est elec­tion in the his­to­ry of the Amer­i­can Repub­lic.

If 2008 was about hope and change, 2012 was about data and memes. The unem­ploy­ment rate. The effec­tive …