Of Political Wordles
@KatieHarbath points me to Wordle, and interesting “printed word as art” sort of project. It allows you to take a large block of text (this blog post, for instance) and it will convert the phrases into a word cloud based on their relative frequency of usage. You can mess around with the colors, fonts, skew, and other factors to make your art.
This is the Worlde created using that post (click the img to see it larger).
Like many things on the net, the relative usefulness of this is low versus the entertainment value. As a blogger, however, I like it for the way it frames the things I’m talking about in the larger context of the total volume of traffic on those subjects.
It’s worth a few minutes of your time to test it out.