A fantastic piece of ‘history 2.0’ from the New York Times this week.
They’ve produced tag clouds from each of the 44 US presidents inaugurual speeches, and then arranged them in an interactive timeline.
Like the tag cloud on the right of this blog, the words which appear most often are larger. Those which appear more than the average are highlighted in yellow.
It’s fascinating to see the word “country” and “people” as the popular words, slowly replaced by “nation” and “America.” Note how Obama’s big words are the same as Clintons.
And a brilliant use of web 2.0 to help understand the past.
Hat tip: Cyberjournalist.net