My understanding of arguments has increased over the course of the unit. I definitely learned how to form a better argument and also learned the debate format better as well. I realized a lot of key points during the debates though. One of these things being opponents can lose an argument themselves. This can occur when a person argument does not give enough information, or he or she says something that would lead you to believe they don’t have a very good understanding of their topic in general. Often in our debates, one side’s constructive was less than a minute, so then when the other side would present their constructive, it just flooded their opponent in information and they’d basically win the debate right there.
Another key point I learned was that the best way in my opinion was to make your opponent look or seem stupid proving their argument invalid. This could be achieved in a many of ways. One of these ways being through the questioning. Either asking or answering question could accomplish this specific goal. If you asked questions that your opponent could give little or no response to, you basically win that question so to speak. By doing this several times you can really create an overwhelming sense of victory to your audience. Also, by answering questions, if you are very informed on your topic, you should be able to answer the questions with your information within the topic. With all that you can really make it seem like your argument is better.
Another thing that I learned whilst doing this unit was that an argument does not even need to be valid to make it appeal to people. If you “play your cards right” a seemingly terrible idea or topic for an argument can win a debate in a seemingly obvious decision. If you appeal to emotion of the audience you can achieve this. If you flood your opponent in facts and evidence you can achieve this. If you catch your opponent off guard with a question, you can humiliate your opponent and over all win the argument.
A final thing I learned was that arguments are extremely important in our society. The way we live our lives and the way our government functions is based off of arguments. In saying that, I understand how important it is to form a good argument.