Comm Chapter 3

Comm Chapter 3 - Comm Chapter 3- Stating the Controversy...

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Comm Chapter 3- Stating the Controversy Debate is a means of settling differences, so there must be a difference of opinion or a conflict of interest before there can be a debate. Controversy is an essential prerequisite for debate. A proposition is a statement of judgment that identifies the central issue in controversy. The proposition is announced on Aug 1. It must have: 1. Controversy 2. One central idea 3. Unemotional Terms: Emotional wording may give an advantage to one side 4. Precise statement of affirmative’s Desired Decision Many debates regarding policy often involve the affirmative going against the status quo. Presumption is a predisposition favoring a given side in a dispute. Judicial Perspective - presumption favors the status quo (innocent until proven guilty). The affirmative has the burden of proof —the risk of the proposition. Policy Perspective - presumption favors the position that is less risky or that incurs the least risk of harmful consequences. The burden of proof in such cases states “one
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