When Words Return the Favor


Yesterday evening I took a full-on look into Instagram. I added 6 photos, started following a bunch of folks I like who I haven’t had a chance to catch up with in person for some time, and enjoyed every minute. I’m not a very consistent social media’er, but as my foray into writing continues, I have really let my hair down taken a look into what communications is like when living social, online.

And so, after all that, I’m left with one pressing question. Let me explain.

Scrolling through photos is enjoyable. But the best case scenario is when the commentary is equally pleasurable.

Now, most of us are familiar with the quote, “a picture is worth a thousand words.” Instagram does an incredible job of delivering this to each account holder by enabling us to easily share with others the photos we take on a daily basis.

And in my scrolling tonight I came to a photo taken by a college friend of mine, Stephen Chen. In this shot a cute dog (maybe even a puppy) sat along side, “The Wisdom of Compassion” by the Dalai Lama. Here, take a look.

While the photo is interesting in its own right, the comment totally made it for me. “Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.” -Groucho Marx

I know I’m a sucker for quotes and do enjoy good writing, but I’m curious what others think:

Pictures often support as visual aids, but what is it called when words return the favor?


Today’s image I traced back to the So! What? Social. website.


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