Seven words study shows interesting political differences

Fun little study by Patrick Ishmael. He wondered how often people use coarse language (George Carlin’s famous seven words) online. He found that left wing blogs were many times more likely to use these seven words than right wingers. I found this on Memeorandum — page for following news from the political blogosphere.

Comments

  1. And of course it’s “Industrial Language” :-) I knew a Union officer whose PA (Big Mavis ex CWU EC) was famous for it.

    BTW robert seen the story about buying diggs ? its in thsi months wired and ona few SEO blogs.

  2. And of course it’s “Industrial Language” :-) I knew a Union officer whose PA (Big Mavis ex CWU EC) was famous for it.

    BTW robert seen the story about buying diggs ? its in thsi months wired and ona few SEO blogs.

  3. Tolerant perhaps, but less likely to frame things in terms of actual data points, more likely to shrill scream, going profane and crude, as if that helps in getting the message across. Such is one reason why Air America is bankrupt and successful radio-show Conservatives are all over the dial. The loud, ice-pick, mean, name-calling, profanity-laced style found on the loony Left blogs, doesn’t play so well on TV and Radio.

  4. Tolerant perhaps, but less likely to frame things in terms of actual data points, more likely to shrill scream, going profane and crude, as if that helps in getting the message across. Such is one reason why Air America is bankrupt and successful radio-show Conservatives are all over the dial. The loud, ice-pick, mean, name-calling, profanity-laced style found on the loony Left blogs, doesn’t play so well on TV and Radio.

  5. @6, I was being facitious. I always find it funny that liberals preach acceptance and tolerance, but seem to always resort to this type of discourse, and even occasionally call for or wish death upon the people in power they are opposed to.

  6. @6, I was being facitious. I always find it funny that liberals preach acceptance and tolerance, but seem to always resort to this type of discourse, and even occasionally call for or wish death upon the people in power they are opposed to.

  7. Please don’t misunderstand me here, but the following is fact:

    Uneducated people curse far more than educated people.

    Now, like most things, there are exceptions.

    The working class is more likely to vote democrat. I never understood why. Democrats have for years promised to help the average worker, but all they do is raise taxes. Nothing ever gets done with that tax money that really ever directly benefits the average worker.

    Republican is a more likely choice for the average worker, but they, too, screw over the little guy.

    Leaves little doubt that we need something else besides the two parties we currently have.

  8. Please don’t misunderstand me here, but the following is fact:

    Uneducated people curse far more than educated people.

    Now, like most things, there are exceptions.

    The working class is more likely to vote democrat. I never understood why. Democrats have for years promised to help the average worker, but all they do is raise taxes. Nothing ever gets done with that tax money that really ever directly benefits the average worker.

    Republican is a more likely choice for the average worker, but they, too, screw over the little guy.

    Leaves little doubt that we need something else besides the two parties we currently have.

  9. LayZ, ohhh…sorry my bad.

    With the likes of Bruce Sterling and other double-meaning bloggeristics going flower-power spacey, been hard to tell lately, exactly when the sarcasm cues in. :)

  10. LayZ, ohhh…sorry my bad.

    With the likes of Bruce Sterling and other double-meaning bloggeristics going flower-power spacey, been hard to tell lately, exactly when the sarcasm cues in. :)

  11. ” successful radio-show Conservatives are all over the dial. ”

    God, Coulter, you are too much.

    The majority of air time spent on your favorite talkies are not data points- they are mainly dispariging of liberals, gays etc.
    Savage, rush at al dont put out factual info.

    Plus Coulter, you cannot say those 7 words on radio, so you point is moot.

    Also Scoble, that “study” is full of shit.

    I rarely have seen such a shallow “survey”.Lack of determining what sites have comments, if they are moderated, etc.

  12. ” successful radio-show Conservatives are all over the dial. ”

    God, Coulter, you are too much.

    The majority of air time spent on your favorite talkies are not data points- they are mainly dispariging of liberals, gays etc.
    Savage, rush at al dont put out factual info.

    Plus Coulter, you cannot say those 7 words on radio, so you point is moot.

    Also Scoble, that “study” is full of shit.

    I rarely have seen such a shallow “survey”.Lack of determining what sites have comments, if they are moderated, etc.

  13. The “study” is pathetic. Far more of the top lefty sites have comments, diaries, whatnot than the top right sites. It must be slow news day on the right side for this sort of feeble excuse for thought to pop up. Perhaps it’s to cover the ongoing laugh-fest that is Conservapedia. Good to see though that LayZ is as shallow and facile in their political analysis as any other sort of comment…

  14. The “study” is pathetic. Far more of the top lefty sites have comments, diaries, whatnot than the top right sites. It must be slow news day on the right side for this sort of feeble excuse for thought to pop up. Perhaps it’s to cover the ongoing laugh-fest that is Conservapedia. Good to see though that LayZ is as shallow and facile in their political analysis as any other sort of comment…

  15. Christopher Coulter, the fact that Air America’s founders stole from a community service organization and have misfiled financial papers is more responsible for their demise than any conservative talk radio station.

  16. Christopher Coulter, the fact that Air America’s founders stole from a community service organization and have misfiled financial papers is more responsible for their demise than any conservative talk radio station.

  17. Please don’t misunderstand me here, but the following is fact:

    Uneducated people curse far more than educated people.

    Now, like most things, there are exceptions.

    Well that’s good, because that initial statement is such an utter load of tripe and idiocy, with a light coating of condescension that “bullshit” doesn’t even begin to cover it. Having worked at MIT, the amount of profanity coming out of the mouths of Ph.D’s was rather consistent with the amount of profanity coming out fo the mouths of the cops they liked to abuse for not properly protecting their parking spaces.

    The difference in amount, if any, was more likely to be based on time and place than education levels.

    John, use Google. Search for “Carlin’s Seven Words.”

    The original list, which doesn’t even apply in full anymore is:

    shit, piss, cunt, fuck, cocksucker, motherfucker, and tits.

    The first two have been on television, especially piss. The point of the routine was part of Carlin’s long running diatribe against our fear of words. We take certain words, and try to have them banned. It’s gotten much worse. Now there are words that we shouldn’t use ANYWHERE. The most infamous?

    THE N-WORD.

    What the fuck? When did we allow fear to run our lives on this scale? That’s all this is, fear. Because look:

    Nigger.

    (looks around)..hmm. No one died. Building didn’t burn down. DIdn’t start a war. Privates didn’t explode.

    But how can that be? I SAID THE N-WORD FOR GOD’S SAKE!!! SOMETHING BAD IS HAPPENING, RIGHT? SOMETHING BAD HAS TO HAPPEN, WE CAN’T EVEN SAY WORDS THAT SOUND LIKE THE N-WORD ANYMORE, THAT’S HOW EVIL THE N-WORD IS, RIGHT?

    This is the stupidity that happens when we let fear run our lives. We get the N-word tripe. It’s not the word that causes the problem. It’s the people using it that do. But since changing our own stupid worldviews is hard, we just try to ban the word.

    morons, all of us. morons.

  18. Please don’t misunderstand me here, but the following is fact:

    Uneducated people curse far more than educated people.

    Now, like most things, there are exceptions.

    Well that’s good, because that initial statement is such an utter load of tripe and idiocy, with a light coating of condescension that “bullshit” doesn’t even begin to cover it. Having worked at MIT, the amount of profanity coming out of the mouths of Ph.D’s was rather consistent with the amount of profanity coming out fo the mouths of the cops they liked to abuse for not properly protecting their parking spaces.

    The difference in amount, if any, was more likely to be based on time and place than education levels.

    John, use Google. Search for “Carlin’s Seven Words.”

    The original list, which doesn’t even apply in full anymore is:

    shit, piss, cunt, fuck, cocksucker, motherfucker, and tits.

    The first two have been on television, especially piss. The point of the routine was part of Carlin’s long running diatribe against our fear of words. We take certain words, and try to have them banned. It’s gotten much worse. Now there are words that we shouldn’t use ANYWHERE. The most infamous?

    THE N-WORD.

    What the fuck? When did we allow fear to run our lives on this scale? That’s all this is, fear. Because look:

    Nigger.

    (looks around)..hmm. No one died. Building didn’t burn down. DIdn’t start a war. Privates didn’t explode.

    But how can that be? I SAID THE N-WORD FOR GOD’S SAKE!!! SOMETHING BAD IS HAPPENING, RIGHT? SOMETHING BAD HAS TO HAPPEN, WE CAN’T EVEN SAY WORDS THAT SOUND LIKE THE N-WORD ANYMORE, THAT’S HOW EVIL THE N-WORD IS, RIGHT?

    This is the stupidity that happens when we let fear run our lives. We get the N-word tripe. It’s not the word that causes the problem. It’s the people using it that do. But since changing our own stupid worldviews is hard, we just try to ban the word.

    morons, all of us. morons.

  19. Uneducated people curse far more than educated people

    Funny. I work day and night (like now) with people with at least MAs or MEs, mostly from 10 ten schools, and I’ll hold an engineer here with a weird bug up against your saltiest Navy grunt for cursing.

    Perhaps not oddly, we also don’t tend to mistake ‘conservative’ with ‘Republican’. Which is not to say I am a Democratic voter. I’m an intelligent voter who can tell an obviously bullshit argument about cursing frequency between apple and oranges from something “interesting”. The really funny part? This coming in a week which featured conservative favorite Ann Coulter calling a rival ‘faggot’ while endorsing their next candidate-candidate to roaring applause at a top Republican event.

    Here’s your new civility.

  20. Uneducated people curse far more than educated people

    Funny. I work day and night (like now) with people with at least MAs or MEs, mostly from 10 ten schools, and I’ll hold an engineer here with a weird bug up against your saltiest Navy grunt for cursing.

    Perhaps not oddly, we also don’t tend to mistake ‘conservative’ with ‘Republican’. Which is not to say I am a Democratic voter. I’m an intelligent voter who can tell an obviously bullshit argument about cursing frequency between apple and oranges from something “interesting”. The really funny part? This coming in a week which featured conservative favorite Ann Coulter calling a rival ‘faggot’ while endorsing their next candidate-candidate to roaring applause at a top Republican event.

    Here’s your new civility.