It will often be relevant to consider the medium that a speech has been distributed through. Traditionally a speech is made to an audience who is physically present, but in the days of both TV and the Internet, a speech can easily reach a much wider audience.

There are many different kinds of media, but for modern speeches it may be especially helpful to consider which online platforms the speech is distributed through. For example, important political speeches typically appear on YouTube in video format, but are also frequently shared as a transcript on the websites of governments, political parties or newspapers, making them available to the general public after the speech has been delivered. Finally, a speech may eventually end up in a school textbook or on a website...

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