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The Written Word.

In 1 on November 12, 2007 by David

In high school, I was a debate junkie – living for the continuous rush of adrenalin that are debate tournaments. My idle daydreams were of great rebuttals, my scribbles were random outrageous blocks. Mondays were always days of reminiscence; Fridays’ and Saturdays’ pivotal speeches replayed in my mind endlessly. I admired a lot of people in debate. From my debate coach to the older students, I had so many people to learn from. Their mastery of language was something I wished I could imitate.

Ultimately, thats why I loved debate. It’s language.These simple sounds bring forth thus strong feelings. From persuasion to inspiration, language is majestic. It transfers wisdom, shares emotions, and changes the world. Listening to and reading transcriptions of commencement speeches

(such as http://news-service.stanford.edu/news/2005/june15/jobs-061505.html and http://www.paulgraham.com/hs.html),

I am filled with hope for the future and for my life. The delivery, the message, and the word choice all come together to change my outlook in life. A picture is not worth a thousand words. How many pictures do you know can represent true love? How many pictures have you seen describe salvation? Words are powerful in that they can represent what is not yet to be. It drives the imagination to create and drives the mind to think. Pictures can only show what already is. Words create worlds. Pictures, by essence, are only reactionary, recording what already is. I encourage you to read them! So good!

The After:

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3 Responses to “The Written Word.”

  1. I like words and language too, but you know, pictures can also be rather significant. They are certainly not only reactionary. They can be provoking, even to the point of stirring international debate and conflict.

  2. Reactionary doesn’t mean not provoking. Pictures of crisis and conflict are clearly thought provoking, but it doesn’t mean its original. It’s still a reaction to what has already occurred.

  3. Exactly. Therefore, pictures are not “by essence, only reactionary.”

    Photography explores the whole realm of original picture-taking. Photos can be creatively taken in order to direct the reader along a certain line of thought. In this sense, they are, in fact, very similar to words. You can take Dante’s Inferno and explore many different threads of it and examine the historical context, reasoning, and meaning behind the construction of every canto, just like you take a look at a photo and examine different parts of it (if it’s a really creatively taken photo). Or, perhaps, it’s more akin to a photoset, where each photo represents a separate or connected line of thought that can ever only be as thoroughly explored as a canto in Dante.

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