Can you help me with English please?

But as the week went on, what seemed to me to travel the farthest and speak the loudest were not pictures but numbers. Numbers that showed how tragically exceptional America is in its gun violence. 1. Went on means continued? But what does the expression "the week went on" mean exactly? 2. What does... show more But as the week went on, what seemed to me to travel the farthest and speak the loudest were not pictures but numbers. Numbers that showed how tragically exceptional America is in its gun violence.

1. Went on means continued? But what does the expression "the week went on" mean exactly?
2. What does "travel the farthest and speak the loudest" mean in this case?

Note: I am weak in English. Please explain this to me clearly and simply. Thank you for helping.
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