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    Default Analyze this comparison, please...

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    (1) "A picture is worth a thousand words."

    (2) "Actions speak louder than words."

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    Which is of greater significance, actions or pictures?

    Why?

    Any examples to share?

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    Discuss...

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    Clearly the answer is a picture of an action!

    Or perhaps the action of taking a picture!

    Or a picture of someone taking a picture!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Halla74 View Post
    GIVEN:
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    (1) "A picture is worth a thousand words."

    (2) "Actions speak louder than words."

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    Which is of greater significance, actions or pictures?
    Well it's a difference between the amount of words and how loud they're spoken. If a picture is only a thousand words, these could still be quiet words, so action is always louder than a picture, but the picture might have more words than the action speaks though spoken quieter.

    So for the one of greater significance it has to be determined which is more significant, audibility or verbosity?
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    You're very vague about the meaning of 'significance,' here.
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    I think they are one in the same, Halla. When I am watching someone, they are a picture to me. I am watching a moving picture. And I believe both phrases are equally strong sentiments. Actions do speak volumes, and they give me a complete picture of who you are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Halla74 View Post
    GIVEN:
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    (1) "A picture is worth a thousand words."

    (2) "Actions speak louder than words."

    ------------------------

    Which is of greater significance, actions or pictures?

    Why?

    Any examples to share?

    -----------------------

    Discuss...

    -Alex
    This is a tough one. On one hand a picture may capture the true essence of a being, just by forcing it stand still for us. Absent of motion, noise or other sensory input it becomes easier to get to the "true" or "real" in an object. Even when the picture doesn't map onto an object in a one-to-one correspondence with reality it may give us a clearer sense of the object or event as it exists in the material world. For example, Dali's melting clocks give a closer approximation of the experience of time than do real world clocks.

    On the other hand, nothing beats "walking the walk". If you want know what a person is really like it's far better to pay attention to the way the individual operates in the world than to rely on the words that come out of his/her mouth.

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    actions speak louder than words is more significant.
    actions are what change the world, change people lives.
    pictures, even great art, will never change the world in the way that decisive action will. and this is coming from a fine art major.

    also, i do not believe a picture is worth a thousand words. pictures and words are entirely different modes of communication. pictures will always show things that words can't, and words will always say things that pictures never will.

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    Difficult.

    A picture, though, may more often be an illusion - and open to interpretation.

    An action, even if the motive is suspect, can be judged by the result.

    Which has a stronger effect? Quite possibly the picture - as the spectator is able to invest more of his/herself into its significance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by norepinephrine View Post
    Which has a stronger effect? Quite possibly the picture - as the spectator is able to invest more of his/herself into its significance.
    that is exactly why i think actions are more significant. i agree with you that a picture allows more personal interpretation, and more personal significance. but when a person interprets a picture in their own way, and applies significance that is personal to themself, they do not really change or grow. the picture just reinforces ideas/feelings that are already in the person. strengthens the convictions they already have. i am not saying this is a bad thing, i love art for exactly the personal investment that you mentioned. but i do not believe art will change the world, or change people.

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