1. After reading the article for the first time, were you surprised at the level of analysis and research behind a politician’s words?
2. How do you view influencing certain parties using certain words, e.g. females with “listening” and “children” or conservative parents with words like “coddle” (negative association) and “backbone” (positive association). Is it disingenuous or is it just part of politics?
3. Do you think American Government would better serve the people if there wasn’t this whole PR focus? (Obviously you can’t eliminate an issue like this, but imagine if it was greatly lessened.) If everyone had the resources we have in front of us would politics be significantly different?
4. How is the rise of the 24-hr news cycle and social media affecting these linguistics? Are they becoming more or less significant?