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Week 3 Debate notes

by: Daesha Reid

Week 3 Debate notes COM 2053-002

Daesha Reid
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these notes are based on what we learned in class of debate and the general basics of debate.
Intro to Communications and Civic Life
Laura L. Winn
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Debate, Argument, counterpoint, types, Of, debates
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This 1 page Class Notes was uploaded by Daesha Reid on Saturday October 1, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to COM 2053-002 at Florida Atlantic University taught by Laura L. Winn in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 4 views. For similar materials see Intro to Communications and Civic Life in Communications at Florida Atlantic University.


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Date Created: 10/01/16
Daesha R. Communications Notes week 3 **Debate consists of a reasoned, critical argument.** What is debate? Structured discussion of a controversial issue that has at least 2 sides. ● Is often performed in a public forum ● Usually done to increase understanding of the issue for both parties and the public ● Focuses primarily on: ○ In ancient days: ethical character ○ Now: structure and rules Generates potential counter arguments. Involves a question of fact, value, and policy. Styles ● Discussion plus Q&A ● Cross examination (similar to modern-day courtroom practices) ● Parliamentary (what we think of most when we hear the word “debate”) Turning points of debate: Turns the tide of the argument in view of the public Style vs. Substance ● Although style is important, substance should come first ● Medium of communication is a big factor also, which can be seen in the debate of JFK vs. Nixon, where style of JFK and the medium of television turned out to be in his favor.


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