Howard vs Rudd: a tag cloud

I’ve already mentioned the two very contrasting speeches given by John Howard and Kevin Rudd last week. Those differences are well highlighted in these tag clouds.

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On the left, Howard’s speech emphasises “government”, “economic”, “values”, “continue“… “years“. Years… eleven long years. On the right, Rudd’s speech emphasises “development”, “cooperation”, “partnership”, “relationship”, “build”, “future“… “change“.

Have a look at the full images, each showing the top 120 words in each speech (minus common English stop words) and tell me what you can see.

John Howard’s Speech

Irving Kristol Lecture, given to the American Enterprise Institute gala dinner, Washington DC, 5 March 2008. Text from The Australian.

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Kevin Rudd’s Speech

Address to the State Dinner, Port Moresby, 6 March 2008. Text from the Prime Minister’s website.

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So, what can you see?