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November 20, 2010 2:14 PM Subscribe
HINDSIGHT IS ALWAYS 20/20
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is an information art piece. Artist/composer R. Luke DuBois
] manipulated the text of individual State of the Union addresses from each presidency, sorting the words according to frequency of use, to generate a Snellen eye chart for each President.
Frequent words appear in larger text at the top, less frequent words in decreasing size towards the bottom.
The 66-member word lists . . . are designed to draw out the most unique and contemporary vocabulary used by the president in his speeches. . . words that are not only important in a given presidency, but also au courant in terms of lexicon and contemporary context.
The aim of the piece is to make a statement about the perennial political metaphor of vision. . . The choice of words employed by a given presidential administration to articulate its message is in many ways its signature.
Hint: There's a menu along the bottom, but you can just click in the middle of each chart to move on to the next.