Instigator / Pro
12
1511
rating
5
debates
50.0%
won
Topic
#3962

Emojis are better than texts

Status
Finished

The debate is finished. The distribution of the voting points and the winner are presented below.

Winner & statistics
Better arguments
0
18
Better sources
8
12
Better legibility
4
6
Better conduct
0
6

After 6 votes and with 30 points ahead, the winner is...

Barney
Parameters
Publication date
Last updated date
Type
Standard
Number of rounds
2
Time for argument
One day
Max argument characters
10,000
Voting period
Two weeks
Point system
Multiple criterions
Voting system
Open
Contender / Con
42
1810
rating
49
debates
100.0%
won
Description

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Round 1
Pro
#1
I would like to argue in favor of the proposition that emojis are better than texts.
First of all, emojis add a layer of emotion and tone to our messages that can be difficult to convey with just words. In face-to-face conversations, we use body language, facial expressions, and tone of voice to communicate our feelings and intentions. In written communication, emojis serve a similar purpose, allowing us to express ourselves more clearly and effectively.
Secondly, emojis can help to reduce misunderstandings and miscommunications. Sometimes, the tone of a message can be difficult to interpret, leading to confusion or even conflict. By using emojis, we can make our intentions more clear and avoid misunderstandings. For example, if you want to convey that you are joking or being sarcastic, using an emoji such as the winking face can help to convey that tone and avoid any confusion.
Thirdly, emojis can make our messages more fun and engaging. In a world where we are constantly bombarded with texts, emails, and other forms of written communication, emojis can help to make our messages stand out and grab the attention of the reader. By adding a playful or amusing emoji to a message, we can make it more interesting and memorable.
In conclusion, emojis are a valuable tool for adding emotion, reducing misunderstandings, and making our messages more engaging. In my opinion, they are a superior form of communication compared to plain text.

Con
#2
Preamble:
Burden of Proof
I believe pro should win if they prove emojis without text are better than text without emojis.
They could of course argue that for mixed forms the emojis are the one of primary value.

Conversely, I should win if my arguments defend the status quo against pro’s assault.

Definitions
Texts are written words, using a series of segmental symbols (usually 26) which when combinedΒ  are interpreted by the educated.
Emojis are (frequently colorful) pictographs. There are more than 3,500 to choose from.


1. Utility:
While an emoji can supplement text, they are nearly impossible to use as a basis for communication. This is self-evident by this debate being conducted via text instead of emojis.

If someone wishes to pass a note to someone else, text is so easy to write and interpret that it can be done in monocolor. Consider 🐝 v. Bee. If I wish to write down that I’m allergic to bees, it is easy to discern even in black and white. Whereas in emojis with only black and white to draw, you might try 🀧🐝 but without yellow to add clarity someone is more likely to think pacman is running from from a fat spider. Further, the written words would most likely convey the message on the first attempt, rather than require redrawing the emojis.

Of even greater note is the keyboard. An emoji keyboard would be similar to a Chinese Typewriter [1], requiring special training and still being time consuming to use.


2. Pictionary:
If communicating via emojis was better than text, Pictionary would not be a popular party game. Trying to interpret from just pictures is difficult to say the least.


Rebuttals:
Most obviously, pro has written their case entirely free of emojis. If emojis are better, they should be the basis of argument.Β 

β€œEmotion”
Text can convey greater depth of emotion. Consider the words of William Shakespeare [2]:Β 
Since brass, nor stone, nor earth, nor boundless sea
But sad mortality o’er-sways their power,
How with this rage shall beauty hold a plea,
Whose action is no stronger than a flower?
O, how shall summer’s honey breath hold out
Against the wrackful siege of batt’ring days,
When rocks impregnable are not so stout,
Nor gates of steel so strong, but time decays?
O fearful meditation! where, alack,
Shall time’s best jewel from time’s chest lie hid?
Or what strong hand can hold his swift foot back?
Or who his spoil of beauty can forbid?
Β Β Β O, none, unless this miracle have might,
Β Β Β That in black ink my love may still shine bright.

Could Romeo and Juliet even be told in emojis?

β€œMisunderstandings and Miscommunications”
Consider: πŸ†
Is the person who sends that emoji offering eggplant, asking for eggplant, or trying to seduce?

The written form is less likely to lead to misunderstandings. Plus, should the third option be successful, via text the two people can share a meeting location. Emojis would be hard pressed to even narrow it down to the right city, let alone neighborhood.

β€œFun and Engaging”
Emojis are not without benefit here, but can they tell a joke? For example, as written by Trey Parker [3]:
Jimmy: Do you like fishsticks?
Cartman: Yeah.
Jimmy: Do you like putting fishsticks in your mouth?
Cartman: Yeah.
Jimmy: What are you, a gay fish?


Sources:
  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_typewriter
  2. https://shakespeares-sonnets.com/sonnet/65
  3. https://southpark.cc.com/episodes/bgla3i/south-park-fishsticks-season-13-ep-5

Round 2
Pro
#3
Forfeited
Con
#4
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