Friday, August 14, 2009

Everybody's a quant

Hey, you Fox- watchers are staying up late out there!*

Anyway, just as our pals over at the Log were lamenting the lack of crossover research between linguistics and the communication sciences, here's Fox filling that very gap with a hard-hitting look at who says what in these "town" "hall" "meetings." What should the next step be?

* And thanks to alert tipsters for the link.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm interested in that poll story, "Want Stimulus $ Returned". Is Fox really touting a poll that shows (some segment of) Americans actually want their taxes increased? That doesn't sound like the Fox agenda to me....

(Speaking of polls, have you taken note of this Mark Blumenthal piece?)

1:26 AM, August 14, 2009  
Blogger steegness said...

If we're to pursue the word count angle, we'd need some context: counts at...
-Democratic versus Republican town halls
-On recent healthcare and on other issues
-Counting shouting and not counting shouting
-And maybe the word count of a conversation between only two people

My gut says that 9-1 is a reasonable ratio for such an event (a audience member asks a question, the subject elaborates in depth addressing the audience concerns), but there's no denying that the ratio isn't "Fair 'n' Balanced".

9:02 AM, August 14, 2009  
Blogger The Ridger, FCD said...

Unless the questions are incredibly long and convoluted, or the answers are extremely short, OF COURSE the answerer will talk more.

7:16 PM, August 14, 2009  

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