Wordle, a site that generates "word clouds" from a given text, helps us visualize some of the most pressing issues that the presidential candidates would like to imprint upon voters' minds these days. The size of the words indicates the frequency with which they appear. But which is which? Using text from John McCain's blog, one name really pops out, and it's not his: "Obama." And using Obama's blog, it's pretty much the same. His opponent's name doesn't show up at all -- eh, why even acknowledge the guy?
Take from this what you will. In any case, both candidates would do well to watch what they say on the Interwebs: Every word counts.
REPORTER: Laura Yao, The Washington Post - August 3, 2008
Line by Punch Line Wide Angle | As the major-party conventions near, the nation's political cartoonists are still getting a feel for how to caricature the Men Who Would Be King. Lanky vs. squat, loose vs. stiff -- an election takes on a distinctive coloration when viewed through the eyes of these three Pulitzer Prize-winning artists. For them, after all, it's not just about a Democratic or Republican ticket; these faces represent their next meal ticket.