There are many ways to communicate in the modern world. There’s social media, yearly forums, conference calls, etc. However, two of the most used methods of communication are images and writing. Images and writing both have different ways to communicate aspects of the world we live in or what is around us. The question is, which is more effective in communication?
When someone says that a picture is worth a thousand words, I start to wonder if that is really the case. Could one picture truly say what a thousand words could? I disagree with that statement and say that writing is a more effective method of communication. With writing, you are able to tell the same story from a different angle. Even though you can do the same with images, they can sometimes be misleading and not tell the whole story. Writing allows someone to tell the same story in depth and with sufficient detail.
Let’s say there was a terrible accident on a highway. After the incident is reported, the police come take photos and witness statements around the scene of the accident and then leave to file a report. The report then comes out describing the case, including photos of the scene and the witness statements about the accident. Now, imagine the police report without the witness statements and just the photos were in the file. You wouldn’t be able to clearly discern what happened in the case. All that you would know is that there was an accident. There would be many missing pieces such as who saw the accident and the condition of the person who was injured.
Writing is able to fill in details that photos alone would not be able to produce. That’s why writing is still used in many professions to this day. But what do you think? Which method of communication is best for you?