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Thursday, October 8, 2015

What Does Language Use Tell Us About US Politics?

The one-minute video below belies the essence of Donald Trump and his reality show attraction to the nation's star-worshipping hordes. Trump was in Las Vegas today for a campaign rally. As is sometimes the case when he runs out of unscripted malarkey to feed the sycophants, he pulls a reality TV stunt.

Trump invites ecstatic hispanic supporter on stage in Nevada


What a clown show?

Trump's charade appeals to the lowest denominators in US politics. He attracts the star-worshippers as well as disgruntled conservatives who are obviously disdainful of their political party. In either case, as with the video above, this is what they are willing to support for the nation's 45th President.


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Yes, the GOP wants a change!

Actually, anyone who expresses surprise should consider their personal grasp of reality and their obvious contempt for the need for serious a GOP candidate.  Grammarly recently ran a telling analysis of presidential candidates via people who support each candidate. Grammarly is in the business of language and the written word (linked next paragraph).  Read and view below to see if you suffer a surprise. 


Tim over at The Daily Infographic posted an interesting infogrpahic in the web site's "FUNNY" Category.  Since, the InfoGraphic is a Grammarly creation, I have provided  a link to Grammarly, here.

Presidential Debate Grammar Power Rankings Thumb


If you did not visit the site, herewith is Grammarly's methodology regarding their half-hearted review.



Methodology

We began by taking a large sample of Facebook comments containing at least fifteen words from each candidate’s official page between April, 2015 and August, 2015. Next, we created a set of guidelines to help limit (as much as possible) the subjectivity of categorizing the comments as positive or negative. Since the point of the study was to analyze the writing of each candidate’s supporters, we considered only obviously positive or neutral comments. Obviously negative or critical comments, as well as ambiguous or borderline negative comments, were disqualified. 
We then randomly selected at least 180 of these positive and neutral comments (~6,000 words) to analyze for each candidate. Using Grammarly, we identified the errors in the comments, which were then verified and tallied by a team of live proofreaders. For the purposes of this study, we counted only black-and-white mistakes such as misspellings, wrong and missing punctuation, misused or missing words, and subject-verb disagreement. We ignored stylistic variations such as the use of common slang words, serial comma usage, and the use of numerals instead of spelled-out numbers.
Finally, we calculated the average number of mistakes per one hundred words by dividing the total word count of the comments by the total number of mistakes for each candidate.


The post would not be complete without Tim's Daily Infographic remarks.

Today’s infographic gives a unique view into the education level that each candidate is pandering to. The race is in a very early stage with the actual nominee positions still up for grabs. Will we have a come-from-behind nominee like Obama did in 2008? Will the election end up Clinton VS Bush again? I hope not. We’re a democracy, not Oligarchy. 
No surprise Trump trumps the list with his supporters garnering almost 13 grammar mistakes every 100 words they post on his social media outlets. I’m sorry if you’re a Trump supporter, I really am. You have a field of options to put your support behind and you go with the one guy that has no idea what it’s like to make decisions in the public atmosphere. 
Take these statistics with a grain of salt. This wasn’t a professional study and possibly not even honest, but it’s still fun to think about.


Any surprises?

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