Premier Brown’s speech by the numbers

Where was the focus of Premier Brown’s speech at the recent PLP annual banquet?

In order to answer this question, lets use the 21Square favorite method of counting the number of times specific words appear.

me: occurs 29 times
I:  occurs 66 times
we:  occurs 77 times
us: occurs 11 times
you:  occurs 93 times
they: occurs 42 times
them: occurs 12 times.

Since ‘I’ and ‘me’ are interchangeable, lets combine them to 95 times.

Since ‘we’ and ‘us’ are interchangeable, lets combine them to 88 times.

Since ‘they’ and ‘them’ are interchangeable, lets combine them to 54 times. 

Lets just ignore the fact that he also used ‘my’ 51 times.

 

Royal Gazette version:

http://www.theroyalgazette.com/siftology.royalgazette/Article/article.jsp?articleId=7d7b24630030001&sectionId=70

 

YouTube version:

http://plp.bm/blog/videos

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MORAL AUTHORITY
Guest
MORAL AUTHORITY

And each of the 900 times he said MORAL AUTHORITY he made it sound like a dirty word.

MORAL AUTHORITY
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MORAL AUTHORITY

Reading that speech again I begin to wonder if Dr Brown is not totally unhinged.

J Starling
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Hi Denis, I’m sorry but I can’t help thinking such a superficial analysis is really of any benefit. On the face of it, sure, it makes an impression, and to those who believe that Dr. Brown is all about himself its only going to confirm what they already believe. Two questions though: 1) Other than layman psychological mythology, is there any evidence that would indicate that the frequency of various pronouns in prose speech is indicative of the speakers personality and placement on a continuum of ‘selfishness’ and ‘altruism?’ 2) Can you provide some comparisons with other speeches, say from… Read more »

Bermudian
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Bermudian

Wow, is it really earth-shattering that he used a variety of pronouns in a speech?

Tryangle
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Reading this speech online, I wasn’t particularly encouraged. It was pretty much the UBP is evil and malicious, and that the print media are in bed with the UBP.
That in mind, the speech was aimed at the party members and was to serve as a rallying cry for them, not a request for the votes of the undecided, swing or even anti-PLP voters.

ken
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ken

I am sorry Denis, your obvious dislike for Dr Brown has clouded your judgment. What exactly is the point of this post? How many times he used certain pronouns? You didnt hit on any topical issues within the speech – you failed to mention the Grant Gibbons Telebermuda issues… – you failed to mention Bob Richards campaign of misinformation regarding limos – you failed to mention Bob Richards threat/promise to leave bermuda if the PLP won in ’98 which he has yet to fulfill – you failed to mention the fact that the UBP are so up in arms over… Read more »

Denis Pitcher
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J Starling, I made no mention about ‘selfishness’ or ‘altruism’, I simply offered an analysis of what the speech was about based upon the frequency of certain words. Unless I’m mistaken, the speech was primarily focused on issues related to Premier Brown and his feelings towards current events, was it not? Hmm, compare it to other speeches, interesting experiment. Unfortunately I’ve had to make do with what I could find on short notice. Martin Luthor King Jr. “I have a dream” me: 0 times I: 5 times we: 25 times us: 4 times you: 8 times they: 3 times them:… Read more »

Denis Pitcher
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Ken,
You missed that I failed to mention how no race in Bermuda other than blacks have been subject to slavery or racial injustices.
Oh, that’s right, Native American’s don’t matter.

vanz
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i loved the speech – i see that most whites on this site hated it. dennis u r being totally unfair by doing that Joke stat that biased papers use against politician the hate – ur smart enuff to knoe how unfair it was to dissect hie speech out of context – we could do the same with the MLKj rs I have a Dream Speech if need be. be fair dp – when a later who within a year has had as much poison ink spent on him by the local racist media – how could dr. brown not… Read more »

vanz
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i loved the dr, brown speech – i see that most whites on this site hated it. dennis u r being totally unfair by doing that Joke stat that biased papers use against politician the hate – ur smart enuff to knoe how unfair it was to dissect his speech out of context – we could do the same with MLK jrs I have a Dream Speech to prove aparticular point if u wanted. be fair dp – when a leader who within a year has had as much poison ink spent on him by the local racist media –… Read more »

Denis Pitcher
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First off, I have nothing against Premier Brown personally though I have made no effort to hide the fact that I’m not fond of his style of leadership. Second, I made no presumptions and let the numbers speak for themselves. If thats what each of you have pulled out of it, than so be it. It is up to you to gather from it what you like. Third, a speech like that should have occured within days of the first publications of the BHC allegations, not months later after having fought it all the way to the Privy Council. We’re… Read more »

J Starling
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Hi Denis! I hope you’ll forgive me, I had taken it that you were implicitly making a point that Dr. Brown was egotistical based on your review of the stats.
Thankyou for doing the analyses so quickly. It would be better to break it down into percentages though?

vanz
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i hope that limey is fair in his new blog and that he isn’t simply taking up the racist mantle from dunleavy – he needs to know the karmic maxim – if u put out fairness and goodness – goodness and fairness comes back to you.

J Starling
Guest

Hey Vanz! Don’t you mean to be commenting on the thread concerning Limey being back as opposed to the one about the Banquet speech? It jsut seems a little out of place here.

Bermudian
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Bermudian

This is NOT an analysis; rather, it is a lack thereof. All Denis did was count the number of occurrences of certain words in a speech… that’s not an analysis.
Most commenters see it as Denis’ way of implying that Premier Brown is somehow egocentric. They could be wrong, but one cannot be sure because there is NO analysis! What do the numbers mean to you Denis? Wouldn’t that be the point of writing such an article?

32n64w
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32n64w

Interesting to see the way people (Vanz particularly) have responded to a blog posting that did nothing more than summarise the frequency and type of pronouns used in Dr. Brown’s speech.
This knee jerk reaction and immediate counter-attack with accusations of racism is unfortunately so typical of certain PLP supporters whose myopic and clouded view on life (even while resident in another country) is so utterly counter-productive.

Free Speech
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Free Speech

As this is one of the few blogs still open to comments, I expect it will undergo the typical Vanz assault. It’s a pity.

Sal
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Get ready for the flood of hate,45 days of whining based on victimization and entitlement.
why do you and your fellow comrades and race pimps, choose to live in Canada and “white countries”?
You belong in Cuba,Liberia,Zimbabwe,Sierra Leon and other repressive regimes.

CERP
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What a shame – I have about reached the point where I simply pass over one regular contributor’s comments. For a long time I actually enjoyed what he had to say. Make no mistake, I did not always agree with him, but felt he had something useful to contribute. However, I now find his comments predictable and not worth my time. “The true opposite of love, is not hate, but indifference. Hate bad as it is, at least acknowledges the other person, but indifference essentially means he/she doesn’t exist… The lowest point in Christian morality is manifest in the statement:… Read more »

tilto
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tilto

I liked the analysis, it was quick, sharp and with no editorial note. I was thinking the exact same thing reading the article and fuming over all 88 ‘we’s and ‘us’ knowing that in Dr. Brown’s vision of Bermuda only black Bermudians are Bermudian and that I was firmly in the ‘they’ camp.”

harry
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harry

I do enjoy and learn from the coments.
As vance is just like his MOMA,what i do is check the title,and omit to read those by vance.
Then i completely enjoy all the coments.
thank you.

vanz
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harry u r right – i’ve seen the light – blk bda is bad – white bda is good – plp is bad – ubp is good – “dr.” brown is bad – the white given the island’s only dairy by his dad is good. davida morrs is a bad candidate – tilman darrell is a good one – and so on…
maybe u should move to new zealand

ken
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ken

U got it Vanz…
Tillman Darrell, who admittedly in the RG punched an elderly gentleman, is a wonderful candidate.
UBP supporters will vote for a donkey if it had the letters UBP after it. Just so that a PLP person won’t win that seat.

silencedogood
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Vanz, do you really think you represent black bermuda? If so why don’t you run for a seat and see if you get their support…oops, can’t do that in Canada can you. My bad. I guess it’s only semi-anonymous harassment for you. Carry on. Everyone else, It seems as though the Premier’s strategy for dealing with BHC is to ignore it and press on with the UBP conspiracy and hope nobody notices the undeniable falsity of that ploy. If anyone undecided is trying to make up their mind, I would suggest they read the Premier’s speech and read Mr. Darrell’s… Read more »

Denis Pitcher
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Harry,
Your comment has added nothing positive to the discussion and simply served to instigate and irritate others.
What’s the point? If you’ve got nothing constructive to add and are only intent on pointing out others, don’t bother commenting.
The same goes for everyone else who chooses to do the same

vanz
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i’m confused – silence if u think that i’m trying to impersonate someone else under a hastily contrived pseudonym – i’m flattered – but alas it wasn’t me – now that the election has been called u will see people truly expressing their distaste 4 the UBP – so pls if u must delude urself into thinking that blk bda will somehow vote UBP – go on and smoke that pipe, brother – but blks will look at teh PLP and UBP candidates side by side and vote UBP – i mean do u want terry lister or Donald Hassell… Read more »

silencedogood
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silencedogood

Vanz, I was referring to your attempt to do so as “whitey”, but you knew that already. I’m not sure why you have a problem with my comment. All I reccomended is that undecided voters read Dr. Brown’s speech and Mr. Darrell’s interview and make up their own minds. I assume you have no issue with people reading Dr. Brown’s speech. So, do you have a problem with people reading Mr. Darrell’s interview? If so, why? Or is it a problem with people making up their own minds? Again, if so, why? Both? I also don’t know why you think… Read more »

Slowhand
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Slowhand

“i’m confused – silence if u think that i’m trying to impersonate someone else under a hastily contrived pseudonym – i’m flattered – but alas it wasn’t me” HA! Are you kidding… This is typical Vanz, proved over and over… ask any moderator on any blog and ask them how many times Vanz has tried this ‘trick’… like he actually thought that his very own stylized syntax would go undetected (He’s actually a writer ya know). Without a doubt, no matter what the result, we will see a marked loss of support for the PLP. Then Vanz can catch up… Read more »

vanz
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point blank – after looking at the UBP candidates – reading what their accomplishments are etc – do u thunk that the UBP would male a better govt.?
re; 98 – dr. brown wasn’t premier so that was hardly his platform – he’s obviously been effective in the cabinet roles that he’s had – he’s been successful academically and professionally and he’s got some great things done in the 1 year that he’s been premier.
if he were white or an uncle tom ya’ll would call him a national hero – sad but true

Coolieh
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Coolieh

Let’s set the stage straight before you call this e-mail from a “White Racist” or “Black Uncle Tom. I’m a Bermudian of colour. The “BIG” conversation in its present form is doing much more to divide Bermuda than to bring us together. Dr. Brown’s adversarial approach will totally fail… History supports this! You only have to look at the hatred on ALL of Bermuda’s blogs to realize where this will all end up. NOBODY’s listening and everyone’s “RIGHT”. Everyone’s sensing a threat… so, based on what I see today, the rhetoric will continue for years; and so will the polarization… Read more »

vanz
Guest

coolieh, u state that, “My mother taught me that a very longtime ago! What we do today, will determine where we’ll be tomorrow…” but isn’t this why the UBP is in the process of being dissolved right now – “My mother taught me that a very longtime ago! What we do today, will determine where we’ll be tomorrow…” and don’t be sill – the future is and always has been an extension of the past and present – this, lets just move on from now is nonsense political rhetoric – it’s what an abusive husband tells his wife – i… Read more »

Coolieh
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Coolieh

Vanz: What we do today, will determine where we’ll be tomorrow… Still believe despite what you think… Sow rotten seeds and what do you get? Irish? Not referring to NI, but merely to how Southern Ireland (and agriculture based and once poor nation) has transformed itself to an intellectual capital region. You should read more recent history. It’s what happens today that matters most! MLK did more for black folk…and what was his approach? He gained respect on both sides… Ali is in a world of his own. His respect mostly came about as a result of his relentless humanitarian… Read more »

vanz
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good luck w/ everything coolieh – and i doubt that u r blk – no blk person would say, “The fact that I’m black…” but u did have me going for a second.

Coolieh
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Coolieh

Vanz:
I don’t have to prove who I am; but I can say that I was a year ahead of you at BI. This should be sufficient enough for you… I also know you haven’t lived here in Bermuda for many years.
Sorry you didn’t answer my question. You really lost a good opportunity to not only to convince me but all others on the board.
All the best to you up there in Toronto! I’m sure it’s snowing now… Perhaps we’ll see you here for December’s main event?
C

vanz
Guest

no i was ahead of u at saltus

vanz
Guest

and coolieh – this was not a PGA event: ”
GOLF: ROUNDUP
GILLETTE TOUR CHALLENGE CHAMPIONSHIP; Furyk Has Touch In Sudden Death
Published: September 30, 1998
Jim Furyk knocked a 3-iron 10 feet from the hole in a sudden-death, closest-to-the-pin three-way playoff, lifting his team to victory in the $1.8 million Gillette Tour Challenge Championship yesterday in Tucker’s Town, Bermuda.
– this is yet another attempt at trying to play down the fact that Brown got the PGA to hold a major event here – not a small feat.

Coolieh
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Coolieh

Vanz: As I said before, this is a minor issue for voters. The Gillette Tour Challenge was also a PGA sanctioned event, which got the same PGA press cover (and actually brought more people here because it involved all three major tours). If you look back, Mid Ocean also held The Merrill Lynch Shoot-out; another PGA sanctioned event. Neither tournament involved significant outlays of public funds, a far as I’m aware. The PGA has had long ties with Bermuda. In fact, as I attended this year’s event (and the attendance was not reflective of Bermuda’s make up), I learned that… Read more »

vanz
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in the year that he’s been premier do u think that brown has been: a.) very effective b.) effective c.) so so d.) not effective at all do u believe that the plp or the ubp are best equipped to move this country fwd? i’m pro life – my wife is pro choice – we’ve argued about this since we met – neither of us will change no matter how powerful the argument – my wife is hindu – i’m christian niether of us will ever switch religions maybe politics in bda is like that – i believe in the… Read more »