Are certain types of writing superior to others?

YES: There are some universal criteria of what makes for good writing and some styles of writing fulfill these criteria more adequately than others.

  1. The aim of communicating information on a variety of societal issues in a fair and precise form makes the short essay or reflective opinion column in modern newspapers indispensable, compared to other forms of writing which may be excessively long or rambling in delivery.

  2. Many well-known literary works are assessed as masterpieces of writing, as they convey our most profound human experiences, relationships and emotions in suitably pleasing and aesthetic forms.

  3. Some forms of writing, such as blogs, may be deemed as superior for relatively short periods of time as their writing processes reflect contemporary cultural values and beliefs more accurately than traditional forms of writing.

NO: The criteria to assess good writing is dependent on their genres and it is unfair or impossible to compare types of writing to each other on any common set of criteria.  

  1. The merits of efficient communication are undeniable but it is simplistic to assume that only briefly written pieces can do so, as longer pieces of writing can provide more in-depth discussion of issues and sustain readers’ attention and intellectual gains over a period of time.

  2. Many well-known literary works began as experimental forms of writing which become perceived as superior to other forms of writing over time when scholars endorse their literary merit, making their supposed superiority one of perception rather than actual fact.    

  3. It is the skill of the writer, rather than the form of writing in itself, that determines the quality of a piece of writing, making attempts to label writing styles that are currently in vogue as superior to all others largely redundant.