In a world that seems to be constantly embroiled in some type of controversy, where we have news literally at our fingertips every second of the day, there is an increasing need to have our opinions heard. To be fair, humans have always had a social need to share their experiences and understandings with others, and argument has always been one way to do so, regardless of its effectiveness. As odd as it may sound, that’s where our site comes into play.
Argument isn’t just an innate form of communicating one’s ideas. It’s at the heart of our intellectual evolution. Looking back, we see that argumentation is a skill that was deemed essential. It was honed and perfected through the development of debate and rhetoric, and has been at the heart of academic, philosophical, and political pursuits throughout history.
So what exactly is debate, historically? According to Merriam-Webster, debate is “a contention by words or arguments,” and is further defined in terms of legal or political settings. In a slightly less vague wording, the Oxford Dictionary explains debate as “a formal discussion on a particular matter in a public meeting or legislative assembly, in which opposing arguments are put forward and which usually ends with a vote.” In this explanation, debate is argumentation that is supported with some form of evidence and presented in a persuasive manner. In our society, it seems to be a dying art.
The vision for Daily Debate is to provide information on current and hot topics, to be an arena in which people can effectively express their opinions, and, hopefully, be a catalyst to the rebirth of debate as the art of argument.
It is also our hope that our users will share their thoughts, opinions, and arguments respectfully and in a way that brings about positive change. However, we realize that topics of conversation that spark good debate are rarely unimpassioned or impersonal. As such, we cannot control the level of vehemence some commenters may use. If you see something that you think requires our immediate attention, please let us know through the Contact Us page.