My thoughts have drastically changed on the topic of argumentation throughout this unit. We argue every single day and most times we are very poor at backing up what we are arguing. This unit helped me understand what needs to be said in order to win an argument or to make the other person look stupid. The debate really helped because it was a first – hand experience that proved straight to all of our faces how arguments should and shouldn’t be conducted. Most times when people argue, it’s over something small and stupid. One person might say that the answer to number 4 on the test last period was B but the other person says its C. They continue to argue by saying “No, it’s B.” or “No, it’s C” and they don’t back up their answers at all. The way we construct arguments is very generic, we just back up our point by saying it’s right because that’s what we believe is right. We continue to argue that way because we were never taught he correct way to do it but now we know because of this unit. It seems like adults are always arguing too. But you have different types of adult arguments. For example, you have the Facebook mom, who posts at least once a day complaining about the actions of a teacher/administrator at her kid’s school. And the mom that always replies, disagreeing with her. Then they proceed to argue for an hour over something nobody else cares about. You have other adult arguments which are all politics. Donald Trump did this. Hillary Clinton did this. Tomi Lahren this, Cloyd Rivers that. Trump’s a racist, Hillary’s a crook. It doesn’t ever end. I hate politics so adult arguments are annoying. Then you have adult arguments over which of their kids is the best. I’ve only ever heard parents say that the 3rd kid is the best, even if the family only has 1 or 2 kids. Crazy stuff. The best debate in my opinion was Cody’s and Iris’s because both sides had factual evidence and it was funny. (Even though Cody said Canada isn’t real and somehow got a better grade then me). I hope the word limit for this one is 350 and not 400 because yeah I didn’t make it to 400.
One of the most interesting and/or compelling pieces of factual evidence that I found in regards to my debate topic was that in would cost around 69 Billion dollars to fund public colleges for a year. This was a tough question to answer because since college isn’t free, there isn’t much factual evidence on the topic. What made this topic interesting was that it is a very common point used by politicians to gain popularity among the younger generations. It should be interesting to others because it I something that could happen in our future. I did not know this fact before I did my research. The source that gave me information about this fact was The Atlantic in their Business Archives.
Emotional elements to my debate topic is the pride that comes with earning your degree and knowing that you paid for it. This topic activates these emotions in society because people are now always wanting things handed to them so if you pay and work for something, it feels better. My topic was one that i had to spark some emotional appeal in the audience because it isn’t a topic that is often thought about.
Debate about the topic is important because some people don’t know both sides of the story so if you give them that information, they can then form their own opinion. Ethics enters the debate of the topic because if you professionally present the ideas that you believe, people may be more likely to agree with you. One ethical argument against my topic is that if we take money away from the military, it won’t cost taxpayers anything. One argument in favor of it is that college has always cost money so we should keep it that way.
Of the three appeals, logic I think is the most important because it is simply a logical topic. College has always cost money so it should still cost money. Emotion is the most commonly used in human conversation but in a graded debate, logic is the most used. The most common argument for both sides of my topic is how the government is going to pay for colleges. Some say taxes and others say budget cuts.
Since we started our persuasive/argumentative unit of study, I have learned how to properly form an argument without using fallacies and without being roasted. This will affect my future arguments because now I know the proper way to debate someone and win.
My topic for the debate is the con argument for should the government pay for your college tuition? I am arguing that the government should not pay for your college and that you should pay it all off by yourself. This is also my position for this topic so it is going to make it easier for me to debate this topic with my fellow classmate, Chad. Prior to research, I know that at the moment, we are all paying for our colleges by ourselves. Some people may not pay as much because of financial aid and scholarships but in the end, we are using the money out of our pockets to pay it off. When I do a basic google search of my topic, about fifty percent of the results were .com and the other fifty percent was .org. One way I plan to address this topic in a logical approach is to talk about how taxes would increase at a dramatic rate, even for people who didn’t even go to college. Some of these people are barely making by without a college degree so increasing their taxes for something that doesn’t involve them at all, is ridiculous. This could cause those people to be forced to make changes in their life that could even result in being forced from their home. Some emotions that can be brought to play is that of sympathy, anger, and stress. If the government does pay for our college, we would almost be forced to feel sympathy for those who are now struggling from the increase in taxes. Maybe for some of us, we may feel anger because now it is us in that situation and our taxes are increasing. Lastly, people may be feeling stressed because they no longer can afford things that they could have afforded previously.