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Functionality over Fashion

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Started: 6/9/2015 Category: Society
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Post Voting Period
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awesomenezz1234

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In my opinion, things don't have to look nice to be valuable. Regardless of appearance, its what the object can perform that counts. If, for instance, you were going to buy a car, would you prefer the beautifully designed car with a good paint job and a large price tag, or the car that was faster, more reliable, cheaper, and accelerated faster, but was just blandly painted? If society ran itself purely off of decoration and the appearance of things, very little would get done, the society would quickly run out of resources, and fall behind against others. That is why I prefer functionality to fashion.
Dark_Energy

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I have accepted your challenge.

I will be arguing on the basis that functionality and fashion are not necessarily mutually exclusive. In fact, I will demonstrate that "fashion" or in better terms, a culture's artistic vision (music, movies, art, etc.) help drive innovation, thereby increasing economic revenue.

In your initial example, you are using an unrealistic example. The chances that you will come across a car with a larger price tag, but slower and less reliable are negligible (all other things being equal). The engine and transmission are the most expensive parts in a car. Those two parts are the greatest determining factor in the car's final listing price.

A society should be balanced, meaning it shouldn't be run "purely" off of anything. But you are underestimating the value of artistic vision. How many technological innovations were inspired by Science Fiction? In the 1960's the Star Trek communicators predated cell phones by decades. In the 80's, their portable computers strongly resembled iPads, with Skype communications. Along with many other examples.

Music, movies, books, sculptures, paintings and other arts are often considered a collection of a society's collective memory. Art preserves a piece of history that cannot be recorded accurately by fact-based historical records. Art can convey how it "felt" to exist in a particular place at that time. Studies have shown that there is a direct correlation between children's school grades in math and literacy and their involvement in drama or music. Also, not only does art give us another avenue of self-expression, it is also economically viable. The creation, management and distribution of the arts employs lots of people, which helps drive the economy.

From cave paintings, to Shakespeare, to social media, human's have an innate need to express themselves. Take that away, and society would be a mere shell of its current self.
Debate Round No. 1
awesomenezz1234

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Dark_Energy

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Debate Round No. 2
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Dark_Energy

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Thank you for wasting my time.
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