TED: What we learned from 5 million books
Lesson created by Catlin Tucker using
Video from TED YouTube Channel
Explore the link between word choice data and cultural identity. What can our word choice throughout history reveal about us? How can studying the data collected from millions of books help us to better understand our history and culture? Why is word choice so important?
Go to Google's books Ngram viewer: http://books.google.com/ngrams
Enter a couple of words or phrases and study the data.
Next class, come prepared to discuss the words you selected, what the data revealed, and what inferences (or conclusions) you can make about our culture based on the data.
As you consider the power of word choice and what it reveals about our culture, I want you also to consider what your word choice reveals about you!