Via machine-assisted cognition, this piece of research has been deservedly receiving a lot of attention. In 1917, it can now be seen due to ‘big data’ analytical tools, a new political epoch was born.


[Researchers] were surprised to see 1917 jump out so clearly. As the United States joined Allied forces in the war against Germany, the researchers found a new set of terms recurring in the State of the Union address. On the topic of foreign policy, “democracy,” “unity,” “peace” and “terror” emerged as keywords, replacing older notions of statecraft and diplomacy. By the 1940s, a cluster of terms centered on the Navy, perhaps signifying an isolationist foreign policy, all but disappears. “Suddenly the U.S. is no longer an island,” said Bearman.

Anything that can switch — one might suppose — can switch again.

August 15, 2015admin 8 Comments »


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  • SVErshov Says:

    valid research, just timing a bit suspicious. Current military tension is something unseen, unprecedented. diplomatic means exhausted, especially after Lavrov called Saudis “debils” morons, during joined press conference with Saudi Foreign Minister in Moscow. next what, lets talk about favorite words used by American presidents to BS hard working American people.


    Posted on August 15th, 2015 at 6:43 pm Reply | Quote
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  • Anon314 Says:

    Immigration is a major label in the lower left, much like statecraft, political economy, production, etc., and is actually cut off in the image that article uses. But Im sure that was completely a coincidence and not at all intentional. For those who are curious and want to actually see whats in the word cluster diagram: http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2015/08/05/1512221112.full.pdf


    Lucian of Samosata Reply:

    Thank you.

    It’s perhaps crucial to highlight *immigration* as a factor that the SoU has avoided addressing (at least, in comparison to this economy/domestic policy/statecraft triangle) which should remind us that the image is a map of Cathedral discourse, not a map of the actual state of ‘American History’ as the article would have it. NRx should differ in taking what is excluded or suppressed from the Cathedral’s narrative about itself as an index, just as much as what is included, or overwhelmingly salient (which is what big data has delivered us).


    vxxc2014 Reply:

    If you’re claiming that all of American Public life from Founding to now is Cathedral, you’d be correct in stating this is a map of Cathedral discourse.

    You’d also be falling for Moldbug’s Matrix. The effect of which is a new Generation of Self-Loathing Whites just packaged from a different angle and in older wrapping.

    The modern American State is The New Deal and it starts in 1933 and goes insane in 1966 and utterly corrupt in 1993 when Clinton “reinvents” Government by pervasively corrupting it. That’s what Americans confront.

    The Nobler parts of our History are among the tools we have to confront the present evils with, self-loathing isn’t a useful tool but just a useful weapon for his Tribe.

    Self-Loathing like the obsession with race and sex aren’t among American’s historical traits or baggage. Said traits are affectations of popularized media culture that can be cancelled like bad TV shows, said baggage can be jetisoned along with it’s porters and I refer to certain NRx.


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  • vxxc2014 Says:


    Yes it can and is already changing. I think I’d look at what’s changing and see what’s positive and follow that for both analysis and advancing whatever cause.

    For example the Terms “Ruling Class” popped up several times in the FOX GOP debate along with acknowledgements of a DC–NYC power and money axis.

    That’s new as is frankness about immigration recently and increasing frankness about race.

    Track that for advancing whatever analysis or [Gnon save ye!] cause.


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  • Skilluminati Says:

    This is a rich vein of strange data points — thanks very much for the heads-up.


    Posted on August 17th, 2015 at 5:26 pm Reply | Quote

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