Consider the view that spoken language is more important than the written form.

YES: Spoken language in its various manifestations has greater capacity than written language to direct and influence developments in modernity, making the former more valued by society today.   

  1. A variety of performative art and cultural traditions depend on the spoken word to fully convey their meanings and nuances in a live setting to audiences whereas their written forms may merely convey ideas whose meaning may be lost to less sensitive readers.   

  2. Politicians and leaders will often be prompted by a media hungry for spontaneous comments and views on diverse issues, precluding carefully written responses and making eloquent speech which conveys clarity and depth of ideas much more valuable in comparison.

  3. Many religious institutions and traditions continue to value spoken language over its written form as a means of inspiring believers during religious ceremonies and presentations, and their leaders devote significant resources in time and effort to expose their followers to such gatherings over contemplation of written scriptures.

NO: Spoken language in its various capacities has limited capacity compared to written language in directing and influencing developments in modernity, making it less valued by society today.  

  1. A variety of literary art and cultural traditions remain rooted in written language as they emphasize interaction between the reader and the text over live performances that may hinder thoughtful reflection.

  2. In the information age where communication is increasingly mediated and retained by the Internet, politicians who recognize and place correspondingly higher levels of attention and care to what they write rather than what they speak will often have an edge over political rivals in gaining public credibility and legitimacy.    

  3. Some religious institutions and traditions continue to value written forms of their spiritual doctrines over their spoken forms as these doctrines contain complex concepts which can only be appreciated through a sustained reading of the written text over a spoken discussion of the issue.