#SXSW2015 Speakers on Social: The Language of the State of the Union

Curious about how the language used in the State of the Union Address has changed over time? 

SXSW Interactive Speaker Chris Dancy (@servicesphere) of Healthways joined Dana PerinoBrian Lehrer, Sally Kohn, Brit Hume and many hundreds of others in tweeting about a new interactive graphic featured on The Atlantic website titled "The Language of the State of the Union."

The interactive graphic enables users to compare how US presidents have used specific words like "god" and "labor" in their SOTU addresses. For even more context, users can locate the specific passages where these words were used in an address.  It includes other well-though-out functionality, and is paired with the analysis of a team of historians. 

Created by Benjamin Schmidt (@benmschmidt) of Northeastern University and Mitch Fraas (@MitchFraas) of the University of Pennsylvania, the interactive graphic makes great use of the medium. If you're a government or history buff - or even if you're not - be prepared to spend some time with this highly engaging feature.

VIDEO: The History of the State of the Union

While we're on the subject of the SOTU address, you can learn more about it's history courtesy of the C-SPAN-produced video below featuring archival footage and the commentary of US Senate historian Donald Ritchie.

WYSKR at SXSW Interactive 2015 

SXSW: March 13 - 22, 2015

SXSW: March 13 - 22, 2015

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