Word Clouds Over Reason

Reader Matt Ginivan sends along word of a "Word Cloud" based on Hit & Run content (he learned of the bit from former Reason editor Virginia Postrel's Dynamist blog). Here's a word salad graphic generated automatically and suitable for T-shirts:

And what the hell, here's one based on reason.com:

More here.

Editor's Note: We invite comments and request that they be civil and on-topic. We do not moderate or assume any responsibility for comments, which are owned by the readers who post them. Comments do not represent the views of Reason.com or Reason Foundation. We reserve the right to delete any comment for any reason at any time. Report abuses.

  • ||

    This can't be right -- it doesn't contain the words "French," "Gunnells," "transparency," "die Phil," or any profanity at all!

  • VM||

    and there's no reference to "assless chaps" or the famous sweaty pillow fight. and what about the pigskin bus???????? :)

    and phil: it's DER phil. ha ha. i'd suggest to that imaginary friend worshipping twaddlenock that he learn german better, lest he show off his twaddlenockery any further :)

    ha ha.


  • ||

    Whoa, cool!

    FYI, the page where you can actually build a Word Cloud is here:


    As a quick experiment, I put in the URL for the "Fruit of Islam" thread and it was kind of interesting.

    But I would really like to see how it handles one of threads where Jean Bart/Gary Gunnels/Hakluyt goes at it, or the "Dave W. curses Phil" thread.

  • ||

    and where is "nanny"

  • ||

    This is actually pretty cool... by finding e-texts I made clouds from a section of Tristram Shandy, Book I of the Aeneid, etc.

  • ||

    So far the best cloud I have developed (the one most representative of what the book is about or it's "feel") is from the part of The Life Of Johnson covering 1763. Very fun.

  • ||

    Combine this with Poject Gutenberg and you could, well, um, err...

  • ||

    Word hurricane, zoidburg? :)

  • ||

    Randomly sample us... Dig the fragments of our essence... Statistically observe our reality...

  • ||

    I wanna listen to some cyber-punk music. Anyone have any suggestions?

  • ||

    I don't see "corn syrup" either.

  • ||

    Try "whitehouse.gov" and Scott McClelland comes out as the hero.

  • Rich Ard||

    Anyone have any suggestions?


  • ||

    No RPG either. -sigh-

  • ||

    Didn't I see something like this on the cover of a 1959 Esquire?

  • ||

    Nothing about eminent domain? Huh.

  • ||

    Exactly, Eric. Couldn't think of the word!


Get Reason's print or digital edition before it’s posted online

  • Video Game Nation: How gaming is making America freer – and more fun.
  • Matt Welch: How the left turned against free speech.
  • Nothing Left to Cut? Congress can’t live within their means.
  • And much more.