CreateDebate


Debate Info

55
42
Pictures Words
Debate Score:97
Arguments:52
Total Votes:110
More Stats

Argument Ratio

side graph
 
 Pictures (27)
 
 Words (25)

Debate Creator

evianagn(7) pic



A PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS

The saying 'A picture is worth a thousand words' refers to the idea that a complex message can be conveyed with just a single image. However, can pictures replace words in their ability to get across messages and express one's feelings and thoughts? Here comes the question:What has the greatest impact on conveying messages, pictures or words?Undecided

This debate is addressed to the students from Poland, Turkey, France, Greece who participate in an Etwinning project entitled 'A picture is worth a thousand words'. Teachers: Monika K. Orlewska (Poland), Talar E. Bedikoglou (Turkey),Valere Tournoux (France), Evangelia Anagnostaki (Greece).

Pictures

Side Score: 55
VS.

Words

Side Score: 42
4 points

A picture can show us at a glance what takes thousands pages of a book to explain. A unique image is available to make our mind travel, with destination the world of emotions. Besides that, everybody knows that a picture is worth a thousand words.

Moreover, what is the use of the books without pictures? Words are lies, traps and nobody can trust them. Words are unable to give a really impulse to communication among people. That's why art exists.

Last but not least, the importance of pictures can be appreciated with a short retrospection in the remote past. To be more precise, the first way of communication of the cavemen was the nurals. Therefore, it's clear that images were sovereign from the first years of human history.

Side: Pictures
crystal2000(2) Disputed
1 point

not true at all because what we speak is words and plus they in the olden days used to have there own way of writing and to hide they couldnt alwayz use pictures

Side: Words
1 point

Hey crystal2000 nice to see that you commented thank you and bye

Side: Words
3 points

1000 words and one picture or one picture and 1000 words. This is a disputable question

“A picture is worth a thousand words” is often used to describe how powerful an image is in terms of its capturing power . Images are used by humans in a lot of different ways.The common usage is to capture information . Aside from capturing information is also used to compare and recall .With its vast abilities imagery is vital to human intelligence .It is a

good complement with other mental abilities.No matter how powerful words can also be ,I vote for pictures!! (vasiliki from Greece)

Side: Pictures
3 points

Words are traps and they can easily cheat you. Lots of people are victims of words, and the sentences may make somebody comfused and sign conditions with ignorance.

Side: Pictures
3 points

With pictures we can express our feelings and our thoughts as well, through drawing on a piece of paper or even drawing smudges!This shows a part of your feelings in that moment!

Pictures are information.This means that a picture can inform you of an occurence.Behind a picture there are words hidden or even a whole life embodied in it!Through pictures a person can create a new world or maybe his own world as all his expecations are included in his picture.Last but not least pictures are people's imagination!(Joanna T. from Greece)

Side: Pictures
3 points

As Ivan Turgenev says '' One picture can show me with a glance what a book needs pages to explain ''

Side: Pictures
Amritangshu(892) Disputed
1 point

'A good book is the precious lifeblood of a master spirit,treasured up on purpose to a life beyond,' so said John Milton.Now compare who's more imminent Ivan Turgenev or Milton? One picture can outline a lot but not what even a word expresses in its meaning.

Side: Words
3 points

I think that words are simply a description of an image.Without the images somebody can't create whole sentences or thoughts.The words are most often pitfalls that can deceive you.A word isn't enough to describe a picture.An image can be described by million words that can create multiple images in a person's mind.Because it's known that a picture is worth a thousand words.

Side: Pictures
3 points

A picture is worth a thousand words people say!!They are absolutely right as pictures depict only truths while words hide traps.In addition people first expressed themselves with cave paintings in paleolithic ages! That's why we can understand how important pictures were for their civilization and the way they expressed themselves!!

Moreover words are impersonal and conventional.

Finally art helps to promote harmony between us and the environment

(stamos petroylias,greece)

Side: Pictures
3 points

Words are just empty and clumsy attempts to express different aspects of our life. They are often the tool to lie and hurt other people. Pictures more convince to us by their simplicity. Interact with our souls and hearts. A simple example: one man read in a newspaper about other people's misfortune. Became sad – it all. Someone else was browsing the internet or TV and stumbled on pictures of victims of war, people experienced domestic violence, prisoners of concentration camps... He cried.

What is more words express what we want to express. Whereas we can't lie by images, for instance by picture of our eyes. Even when we are cheating, the truth is hidden in our souls. Remember that the eye is the mirror of the soul.

About the fact that pictures are more important tell us memorabilia from the earliest centuries in the form of paintings in the caves. Our ancestors on those days knew that a picture is worth a thousand words. (Klaudia from Poland)

Side: Pictures
2 points

We all learn differently, some people learn from listening, some from reading , some from actually doing a task, some simply from diagrams (pictures).

Whilst we create images in our minds from the words we use, pictures can sometimes be beyond description and simply "are". I have seen some photographs in exhibitions and pictures of natural wonder that are amazing and simply defy description in words.

However we should never deny the use of words because our language defines us and our culture, we would not be where we are without words, however I do support this proposition.

Side: Pictures
2 points

When enjoying a story, would you rather be setting in front of a TV or a radio?

When your taking in the news, would you rather see pictures about the story, or just text?

When you are studying a set of instructions and trying to allign tab (A) with slot (B), would you rather see an illustration or just words?

Side: Pictures
2 points

Words are traps and they can easily fool you.One word is 1000 lies.Also we need words in order to communicate,one image shows us with a glance what a book needs pages to explain.

Side: Pictures
2 points

Can words always express completely what you want to say? Pictures will help you to show your feelings. And I mean that with a picture you can depict exactly your feelings, your thoughts, what you dream of, what you want to say at a certain, just through a paper. Pictures are the solution if you want to express your feelings and your thoughts with a more emotional way. It’s easier and more interesting trying to understand what an unkown people wants to show and to express. You feel that you get involved in his\her situation , you feel the passion through the colors of the picture which can take you to another world. So, pictures give us something magical which we cannot have in our everyday life. ( Nancy,Greece)

Side: Pictures
2 points

As history has shown us , people started painting before talking.We can see frescoes in ancient caves and we can get information about paleolithic people's life.

Side: Pictures
2 points

i believe that words complete the images and the opposite.Images often can not be described with words.But many people express their emotions through images.They get across messages directly and carry emotions and impressions directly to others.

Side: Pictures
2 points

Words or pictures are more important? I think pictures. Since we were child, we can see pictures. We don't need learning how to observe the world by our eyes. It's our natural thing. Firstly we see picture then we say something about it. What is more one picture can say more than thousands words. Also often happened when there's no word to describe what we see. Except of this people are optical mostly.They'll rather remember the pictures. Words are only words. Pictures we have in our memory. The next thing is connected with people who speak in different languages. They can't use words because they don't understand each other. And then they have option of using a pictures.

Side: Pictures
2 points

In my opinion a picture is worth one thousand words, firstly because it is easier and faster to understand for everyone even if you do not speak the same language and secondly with a picture you can express way more feelings, ideas or whatever you want, with a picture you are just free.

Side: Pictures
1 point

In my opinion both words and pictures are very important in our life but I have to agree with ascertainment that 'A picture is worth a thousand words'. When we admire some works of art or ordinary pictures, they are very evocative. Our imagination creates its own stories, more often than not how we want the life should look like.

And also the authors of this arts can express yourselves in an easy way, show all people how they’re feeling, how they perceive the world or budge to change our demeanour - all without a single word.

Side: Pictures
1 point

Hello everyone ;)

In my opinion taking pictures is better than writing because pictures can express more and each person can imagine situation when the picture was taken and so on. It stimulates our imagination and creativity. What is more we can criticize others pictures and not worry about it because it's normal that you have your own opinion and imagination. Nothing more nothing less.

Side: Pictures
1 point

I agree with the statement that "a picture is worth a thousand words". Words are more descriptive and it takes time to read a long text, while we can "read" a picture quickly. It can show a lot: the atmosphere, emotions, feelings, mood etc. A picture has a message from its author. It appeals to people more than words. And a picture stays in our memory longer than a text, no matter if it shows something positive or negative.

Side: Pictures
1 point

I think, that the pictures can better show us the emotions and the feelings. When I am watching some photos or paintings, I can see what the person feels. I like watching the paintings and speculating, what the author wants to pass me. The best are portraits and pictures, where are a lot of people.

But I think too, that the best option is when the people understanding without words and the pictures. :)

Side: Pictures
1 point

The project name says that 'Picture is worth a thousand words'. And I must definitely agree with that.

It's so much easier to get things across using only words, everyone can communicate with the others -because everyone can talk. But the pictures tell us much, much more. Many feelings and sensations are often hidden behind the faces, personages, movements, behind the flowers bouquet and the shining sun.. And everyone can interpret the picture in different way, it says each person something different. That's why we can definitely say that pictures show and say undubitably much more.

Words often lie. The picture can't. The meaning is hidden behind the things, but despite of that everyone is able to find it. There are often no words which can describe some feelings really...

Side: Pictures
1 point

Nowadays, people like saying a lot of words. But number of people, which don`t want to understand the art like paintings, pictures or photos, decrease. People think that they are too busy to see the art. But I suppose that people are too lazy to visit the art gallery in order to see the arts.

I think that pictures/photoes or something like that always tell the true. People in the pictures show right feelings. They can`t say anything, so the spectators can " read" the art themselves without words. I think that pictures are more reliable than the words because words often tell a lie. We can promise something but our facial expressions say everything about our personality. Of the reasons I think pictures have the greatest impact on conveying messages.

Side: Pictures
1 point

In my opinion, an, image even if it could be a little bit of a trap, is better than words, on a picture you immediately see what the subject is and the viewer has a clear image of what is going on. Words are better to describe little details like the past or even the future we can't see on that one picture.

Side: Pictures
1 point

Hi everyone !

I think that sometimes painted heart in silence is more than a thousand beautiful words. The images mean more than a million words because every person who looks at the painting sees true feelings and it is the most wonderful thing.

Side: Pictures
1 point

I think pictures are stronger than words. In a picture you can feel emotions, you can see plenty of details which can you make think. I think we can easily forget words while a picture stay in memory. A picture can shocked. In one picture you can have thousand and thousand words.

Side: Pictures
3 points

We use words to describe something like a story,to show our feelings,to express an opinion...

Besides,we can use them to tell lies,which can hurt others more than pictures do. Sometimes we use them to compliment someone or to insult them,but people have learned how to use them and that's why we can't be sure of if someone's thought is revealed. But the expressions of our face or our body language tell a story more convincingly. Even when we want to show our feelings and describe them,words are not enough. Regarding pictures,even if that's an easier way to take stock of something that wouldn't be enough. For example,pictures can't comfort someone when he is down...someone who wants a person in his life to tell him that everything 's gonna be alright! So that's why we need both of them. Pictures and words can't stand together but they can't live apart. As for communication,I definitively vote for words.

With love,Alexandra from Greece. :)❤∞

Side: Words
3 points

It is true that pictures existed before words. However, how can we explain the appearance of words in human history? Is it possible that an inner need and pressure made people invent words?

What is more, everybody claims that a picture is worth a thousand words. In spite of this point of view, many people consider that there is no boat that can drive you far away like a word. Indeed, only one word is available to make you take a long journey to your deep thoughts and even to generate countless images. So, it is also true that a word is worth a thousand pictures, isn't it?

Side: Words
3 points

It's a hard decision. Both words and pictures are important. I think that it depends on person.

I would prefer words, because they leave place for our imagination. I mean, we can read a text, but we create a picture in our minds, choosing shapes or coloures . When we see a picture we can't change anything. The image has been imposed on us.

Another argument is that not everyone can painting. So how they will communicate with other people ? That's why a chose words.

Laura Kieltyka from Poland :)

Side: Words
2 points

One could say that the 'beginning' is the words and the word is staying forever.The word means communication.

Another could add that a picture is worth a thousand words and that's why without pictures the world will be without colours.

So what is the use of books without pictures?

But who could deny that both of them,pictures and words have important effect on our lifes. Without pictures,life will be boring and miserable and without words,people will not be able to communicate and discuss their problems.

Since I cannot make up my mind what's more important I vote for words without underestimating pictures at all.

Dimitris P. from Greece

Side: Words
ola_gazda(2) Disputed
1 point

I can agree with you that pictures and words are both really important. But don't you think that sometimes pictures show a little bit more? I mean that words constrict us a little bit, because they are limited. Picture can show sth what is hard to explain really..

Side: Pictures
2 points

Words are truth and powerful.Besides through words you can dream and turn something into reality and lastly there is nothing like a frigate to journey so far as a book.

Side: Words
2 points

In order to explain something,to describe it we use words.We use words to compliment someone but we have to be careful not to hurt them.Also pictures sometimes can be inaccurate and you might need a lot of time to understand them.That won't happen with words since they are straightforward.

Side: Words
2 points

Words reflect a whole country. They are the bases for a civilization as through them you achieve communication and you have the opportunity to express better your opinion. It’s really important to speak and to use many words because words are powerful. If you know many words and have a ‘rich’ vocabulary then you definitely express better your deeper thoughts. To conclude, words are everything since a whole word gave meaning to its existence. (Nancy, Greece)

Side: Words
2 points

We often wonder if the words are lies! So, are they?The words are an easy way to express a feeling or a thought that you have thought that moment!So you can lie or even hurt someone with harsh words!However, words can easily trap you! What this means is that a person can easily get misunderstood or show a different character and who knows it may be the real one!No matter what with words we express feeilings and thoughts with more confidence because they are so powerful!(by Joanna Terpo from Greece)

Side: Words
magdalenawal(2) Disputed
1 point

Yes, I agree. The words sometimes lie and hurt. But if you watch some picture, it will be always real. The pictures can't lie. They only express the feelings and you must speculate, what this feeling mean.

Side: Pictures
2 points

Pictures Or Words...?Nobody can answer with confidence ! Sometimes I hear people say " pictures" and some time I hear them say" Words" . In my understanding I feel that they have the same value but sometimes I don't. As somebody said a picture can tell a thousand words, but a few words can change its story.Besides words can inspire and words can travel you away and activate your mind and imagination. Joanna C. From Greece

Side: Words
2 points

Words develop our inner world.In fact, everything defined by the words as they are powerful. Also, words have played a very important role in the evolution of humanity. In addition, words help you to develop your imagination because they don't direct your thought like pictures. Last, the words are the bases for a civilization as without words we couldn't communicate and we would not have the opportunity to express our deeper thoughts and our feelings! (Stamos Petroulias,Greece)

Side: Words
2 points

Supporting words is not my exclusive view, but I had no choice to combine words and pictures in an argument... So, Ι believe that both can exhale powerful and resonant emotions, but the significance of the matter is hidden in the person who create them. Words and pictures have the same dynamic if the generators who feature them, behave to them with tenderness and kindness. In this occasion, the meaning and the essence of their message have took shape. Also, the impulse is clearer and sharper to the receiver. Personally, I think that words have the unique talent to wake up your fantasy and your imagination and simultaneously you can feel a thousands of emotions dousing your body. I do not underestimate the worth of pictures, but I believe that words (books) can transfer your mind and your soul in a world that only you know. That's all I believe.

Side: Words
1 point

We need words to communicate.Not everyone is talented at drawing. As a result people are using words to communicate in their daily lives.

Side: Words
1 point

As Emily Dikinson says '' There is not a boat that can travel you further than a book''. She might mean that book gives you the opportunity to imagine , to make plans and to set goals that you can reach.

Side: Words
1 point

We can use words to describe things and feelings just as they actually are but pictures, though they can describe something vividly ,they can give a false image of reality and deceive. So we need words to communicate and be accurate.Also words are more powerful than pictures since they do not only convey truthful messages but they can also travel you away.

Joseph Lalas from Greece

Side: Words
1 point

A mixture of both(speaking in context with which conveys the message more efficiently).But without a word picture has no basis. Pictures are something which amplify the power of words but are nothing without the words themselves.

Side: Words

Words keep our feelings lingering and bonding stronger;a picture outlines everything and the same fancy disappears so definitely a picture is not worth a thousand words.

Side: Words
1 point

Words are still the primary form of communication between people. Words guide the act of transmission, less chance for "mis"interpretation.

Pictures are an unguided form of transmission as most pictures tend to contain superfluous information which increase the chance for "mis"interpretation.

Drawings, on the other hand, tend to be more focused than pictures. They are better forms of transmission.

Side: Words
1 point

I believe words are more descriptive.You can express your feelings easily.One of the reasons why I feel like this I'm not goot at drawing.when I look at a picture I may not get a message easily but if I read, I understand easily.

Side: Words
1 point

I think you can explain yourself much much easier and simple so people can understand you how you want to be understood.Some times pictures can be too hard to understand what is it but words can be esay and simple.

Side: Words
1 point

Words are more meaningful... But it also depends on person because some people are good at drawing and get the message from pictures and some others are good at writing poems, using words to describe their feelings. According to that I'm interested in pictures so it's impossible for me to say that picture is more worthy than words. But I think I'm pretty good at writing poems etc.

I think words are the best way to describe what you feel and give a message to world because it's more understandable... You have to be talented to get the message from a picture. Picture has only one way to show itself, but words are more useful... You can use words with write poems, prose, story and so many things.For me to express what I feel or understand what someone try to show words are easier and more emotionally than picture... This is why I don't agree "A picture is worth a thousand words".

Side: Words
1 point

It's really difficult to decide. Because both of them complete each other. But words overpower more. In my opinion, we can describe our feelings with words easily. But something that we want to describe through the picture can't be understood. We can imagine something that we are reading, but not everyone can understand the same thing in the picture.

Side: Words
1 point

hey hey hey LOLLLYYY anywayz words are the best cus they use imagination which we need

Side: Words